Alternative transportation services vary widely by community, so what’s available to your mom will depend on where she lives. Here’s what you should know.
For starters, most urban areas offer seniors a variety of transportation options, but the services might be few to none for those living in the suburbs, small towns and rural areas. Alternative transportation is an essential link in helping seniors who no longer drive to get to their doctor’s appointments, stores and social activities.
Depending on where your mom lives, here’s a rundown of possible solutions that can help her get around, along with some resources to help you locate them.
Another option to look into is ride-sharing services, which connects people with cars, with people who need rides. Uber ( uber.com), Lyft ( lyft.com) and Sidecar ( side.cr) are three of the largest companies offering services in dozens of cities across the U.S.
WHERE TO LOOK
To find out what transportation services are available in your mom’s community, contact the Rides in Sight national toll-free call center at 855-607-4337 (or see ridesinsight.org), and the Eldercare Locator (800-677-1116), which will direct you to the area agency on aging for assistance.
Also contact local senior centers, places of worship and retirement communities for other options. And check with her state department of transportation at fhwa.dot.gov/webstate.htm, and the American Public Transportation Association at publictransportation.org.