The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reported over 45 million licensed drivers aged 65 and older in 2018. Older adults who drive stay mobile and independent but with advancing age more Seniors will be handing over the keys. Affordable, safe, and accessible transportation options are needed to provide Quality of Life for Seniors.
Diminished vision and slower reaction naturally occurs with advancing age. No one looks forward to not driving but it is important to recognize when alternative transportation is a better and safer choice.
There are many transportation options for seniors. AARP shares the following signs it may be time to turn in the car keys.
- Delayed response
- Distracted while driving
- Difficulty moving into or maintaining the correct lane of traffic
- Hitting curbs when making right turns or backing up
- Multiple scrapes or dents on car, garage or mailbox
- Driving unsafe speeds for road conditions
Public Transportation Option
Public transportation is a favorite option for non-drivers as Senior Discounts are available for bus and train fares. Each mode is efficient and inexpensive. Seniors however need to consider safety measures when on public transportation: communicate destinations and schedules; be aware of surroundings and use handrails to board and disembark.
The ADA (American Disabilities Act)requires public transit agencies to provide complementary paratransit vouchers for those who are unable to use fixed-route bus or rail services. Buses and vans are equipped with ADA compliant features and within ¾ mile of the rail system.
Transportation With Medicaid
Medicaid provides those who qualify NEMT services.(Non-Emergency Medical Transportation). This program is only for transportation to and from medical appointments.
Ride services, although expensive, are ideal when preferring private transportation. Phone apps need to be downloaded on a cell phone for accessing these services. GoGograndparent, a concierge service connecting Seniors with Uber and Lyft, is available for users without a Smartphone. Senior Retirement Communities oftentimes partner with companies for transportation discounts.
At Bridge to Better Living, Seniors’ every need, including transportation, is considered. Consultants offer transportation during the touring process and visit with community representatives to help guarantee the Senior will be able to remain active. Contact Bridge to Better Living today.