As we get older, the way that we get around is subject to change at any given time. That includes how we get our grocery shopping done, run our errands, and even get the mail from the end of the driveway. All of these simple tasks can become much more difficult as we age, but that doesn’t mean we should have to struggle as senior citizens! Instead, we look to several alternatives to transportation for our seniors in senior care.
Before we get to our different options, let’s learn why some seniors may need to consider alternative transportation options.
Decreased Mobility – Whether it is due to injury, illness, or just old age, many seniors can often experience a lack of mobility as they age, which can be a reason for them to no longer transport themselves.
Deteriorating Eyesight – If your senior is suffering from impaired vision, this will greatly impede their ability to drive completely. We recommend that they always seek alternative transportation in this case.
Chronic Illnesses – Seniors struggling with debilitating diseases, such as heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, and Parkinson’s Disease are likely unable to drive and transport themselves given their various symptoms.
Due to some of the reasons listed above, your loved one in senior care may just not feel comfortable – or be able to – rely on or navigate public transportation anymore. Rather than that, we suggest having their caregiver or a family member help transport them for short distances to achieve basic tasks like picking up medication or going to a doctor’s appointment.
Or, if your senior is immobile or does not want to leave their home, a family member or caregiver can handle the task at hand for them if it does not require your senior to be present.
It can be more of a challenge to help your senior travel longer distances. You may encounter obstacles like not having a caregiver or a family member willing to drive long distances or the fact that the cost of traveling for longer times is more expensive. To overcome these, it can be worth your while to join a transportation network that is specific for seniors. Transportation networks are often created to serve a certain region or city and will help your senior to find the transportation required to travel long distances.
Are you thinking about enrolling your senior into senior care services? We would love to help you discover your options! Please call Home Care Assistance to schedule your consultation today.