As your parents get older, they may no longer be able to drive due to poor vision or for other health-related reasons. You will not always be available to drive them to their doctor appointments, to the grocery store, or on other errands. Luckily, there are alternative transportation options. Here are five solutions to your aging parent's transportation needs:
Hire a Home Health Aide
A home health aide provides a set number of hours of in-home care for your loved one, which includes driving them to appointments and errands when needed. In addition, they will help clean and prepare meals for your aging parent, as well as generally provide them with companionship. Check with your parent's insurance company to see if a home health aide may be partially or fully covered by their policy.
Call Your Local Social Services Department
Many cities and counties offer free or discounted transportation services for the elderly and disabled. This typically includes a shared van that picks up and drops off at pre-scheduled times. It's best to start by calling or visiting the website of your local social services department.
Sign Them Up for a Ridesharing Service
If your parent has a smartphone and is relatively tech-savvy, you can help them get signed up with an app-based
Look for Assisted Transportation Services
In many areas of the country, assisted transportation companies provide rides to the elderly and disabled. Some of these are for-profit companies that charge (usually modest) fees, but many are free and volunteer-based. Assisted transportation services are especially helpful if your aging parent has mobility issues, because they typically provide door-to-door services, helping your parent get safely and comfortably into the vehicle, into their appointment, and then safely home again.
Don't Forget About Public Transportation
If your parent is mobile enough to get
By using one or a combination of these transportation solutions, you can rest easy knowing your parent will be safely and conveniently transported whenever they need to be. To find out more, speak with a company like All Stat Home Health.
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