How To Find Transportation For Seniors! 7 Strategies! (Ep #017)

Hello there. Driving is so important to older
adults. It helps them stay socially connected. It helps them to experience independence.
It reduces risk of depression and isolation and so much more. There are so many good reasons
that older adults want to drive for as long as possible. There will likely come a time in your parents’
life that they’re no longer able to drive. When this happens, one of the best ways to
help is to be clear on what types of transportation options are available to your parents so that
they can remain independent and continue to live their best life. In today’s episode,
I’m going to share seven ways to find alternative transportation options for your aging parent. Hello there. I am Dr. Regina Koepp and this
is The Caring for Aging Parents Show where I help you manage the most complicated situations
with your aging parents so that you have peace of mind knowing that you are doing everything
you can to help your parents live their best lives without giving up your own life in the
process. For the best tips on helping you to care for your aging parents, hit the subscribe
button and don’t forget to hit the bell, ding, for new tips every Wednesday. As we get started, I wanted to share with
you an important freebie I made for this driving series called The Caring for Aging Parents
Roadmap to Safe Driving. Let’s get started talking about seven ways to find alternative
transportation options for your aging parent. To start out, we’re going to begin with good
old public transportation. That’s right, most major cities offer public transportation,
like in the form of subways, buses, cable cars. If your parent plans to use traditional
public transportation, they’ll have to be able to understand the route where it picks
up and drops off and so on. The second alternative transportation option
is specialized public transportation or para transit, which is actually modified public
transportation. Let me explain. I live in Atlanta and our public transportation program
is called Marta. For older adults and people with disabilities, Marta has a program called
Marta Mobility. Marta Mobility is a modified public transportation.
It’s a little tiny bit more expensive than the regular public transportation, still affordable,
but they go door to door, meaning that they’ll pick your parent up at their house and drop
them off at their destination like a doctor’s appointment or the grocery store. With this option, your parent will have to
think about how long the ride will take because what happens is Marta Mobility has manifest
of other riders and they pick them up at their location and drop them off at the destination.
Look at your local public transportation website to learn what programs are available for older
adults and people with disabilities near your parent. I’ll link to the Marta Mobility website
just so you have an example. All right, third. Volunteer transportation.
Volunteer transportation services are essentially one-on-one rides in a volunteer’s car that
can be reserved on demand. How do you go about finding volunteer rides? This is where it
can be so helpful to call your local area agency on aging and see if they know any volunteer
transportation resources in your parent’s community. I’ll link to area agencies on aging
in my show notes. You simply put in your parent’s zip code and call the resources. Fourth. If your parent lives in a senior independent
or an assisted living community, sometimes those communities offer transportation. Many
independent and assisted living senior communities offer transportation. If your parent lives
in one, simply call them up and ask if they offer transportation. Sometimes they might
just offer them Tuesday and Thursday, sometimes it’s every day, but you want to get a sense
so ask. Five, is transportation offered by your parent’s
church or senior rec center. Many churches and senior recreational groups or centers
offer transportation. You might think about calling your parent’s church or local rec
center to see if they offer transportation. Number six, you might want to think of having
your parents use services like Uber or Lyft. Now there’s also a really cool program for
older adults called GoGoGrandparent which is a service that you can add onto your Uber
or Lyft ride. GoGoGrandparent will keep you notified of your parent’s whereabouts with
text messages. You can learn more about GoGoGrandparent on their website which I’ll link to in my
show notes. I’m not affiliated with them at all, I just think that they have a pretty
cool service. Let me tell you a little bit about GoGoGrandparent
story which I got from their about page on their website. This is a quote. “GoGoGrandparent
wants to let folks live longer in their home for as long as possible. We started because
a grandmother’s license was expiring, she had glaucoma in both her eyes and was facing
a future where she would be dependent on others. By using on demand technology in a way she
could understand, we were able to change that.” Check them out, GoGoGrandparent, linked below
in my show notes. Finally number seven, you’ve heard me say
it before and I’ll say it again and again and again, your local area agency on aging
is the best go to resource for all things aging and older adults so I’m going to include
a link below. You simply put in your parent’s zip code and call the agencies listed. Once
you get there, ask for a mobility counselor or other alternative transportation options
in your parent’s community. It’s really very simple. All right, so that’s the list of the seven
ways to go about finding alternative transportation options for your aging parent. I get it. Driving
is a super hot topic for families so I created a Caring for Aging Parents Roadmap to Safe
Driving that you can download for free by clicking the link below this video. Speaking of this video, if it was helpful,
be sure to subscribe and hit the like button so I know to make more videos like this, and
don’t forget to share this video with your friends who are caring for their aging parent
because nobody should have to do this caregiving-thing alone. I’ll see you in the next video where I’ll
talk with you about how to try out the alternative transportation option and why it’s so important
to help your parents maintain independence with transportation even when they are no
longer driving. Lots of love to you and your family. I’ll see you next week.