Tired of being the taxi?
It’s natural to want to help when your loved one can no longer drive. But it may not be realistic. Smart caregivers learn to delegate things that can be done by others. Only you can provide the love of a family member. Transportation is something others can do.
Each town has its own transportation program. Check to see which of these are available where your loved one lives.
Public transportation options
Public or mass transit - This service is bus or rail travel on a preset route. It usually has a preset schedule. Seniors often pay a reduced fare. Some companies can even arrange ahead of time for someone to accompany a first-time rider, share tips, etc.
Paratransit service - This service is for individuals with physical or mental disabilities. It provides door-to-door or curb-to-curb travel. Most paratransit vehicles can handle wheelchairs. Timing is based on the rider’s schedule. Advance reservations are required.
Private organization options
Taxicab service - Taxis provide on-demand transportation by car or van. Fares include a base charge plus a per-minute or a per-mile charge. Some companies accept transportation vouchers.
Transportation vouchers - Some social service agencies offer travel vouchers for taxis and buses. The vouchers are used instead of paying a fare. Eligibility typically depends on financial resources and/or disability.
Volunteer driver programs - A local nonprofit organization may manage a network of volunteer drivers. These programs tailor their services to a rider’s needs. For example, drop off only, or multiple stops. Fares are typically by donation.
Door-through-door service - Some private transportation companies do more than drive. They physically help the rider get safely out the door of one location and through the door of another.