Through better health and
nutrition, people are living longer and able to live on their
But the ability to live longer and
healthier lives doesn't mean that there won't need to be lifestyle
modifications. In American society, we have the tendency to
view mobility (especially the ability to own and drive a car) with
All too often, people that find
that they can no longer drive themselves around as they once
did. People in this position all of a sudden feel trapped
between the four walls of their home with only an occasional outing
at the convenience of a friend or relative. This can be very
disheartening to those that have long cherished their independence.
Most people only think of bus
service or taxi service as the only alternative forms of
transportation that are available. In many instances, these
methods of transportation suit the purposes.
Bus service however, only serves
certain areas and may not have a suitable schedule, make certain
stops, or make them in the appropriate order. When someone is
sick and needs to go to the doctor, the last thing they want to do
is walk to the bus stop, wait, and then either travel a route or
switch buses to get where they need to go. Then there can be
problems climbing up the steep stair into the bus... fine for
healthy people with great knees and no arthritis but
Taxis overcome that obstacle but
can be terribly expensive if they are used a lot.
If you are looking to find
alternative transportation, you may not need to go any further than
your local county or city. Many metropolitan areas are set up
to assist seniors in their transportation needs. A call to
your county Social Services should get you on the right track to
finding these services if they are available in your area.
One of the fastest growing segments
of senior services includes transportation. Non-medical home
services companies will often provide relatively low cost
transportation services and you have the added advantage of having
someone that can help carry packages and much more.
The trick here is to line up with a
home services company for a half to a whole day per week.
Depending on the company and what they offer, that day can be
utilized for transportation, errands, personal services, or whatever
general tasks need to be done. Quite a bargain when you
compare all of the costs!