As mobility challenges or other age-related conditions often make it difficult for seniors to drive, it’s important to find ways to help the elderly secure transportation. If your elderly loved one does not have a regular source of transportation, the following tips for safe transportation from the senior care experts at Mississauga Home Care Assistance may help.
1. Driving Safety
While some seniors are unable to leave the house independently, some seniors can still drive. However, as a result of slower reflexes, cognitive decline, and diminished vision, it can be difficult for some seniors to drive safely. To help ensure that your loved one is safe while driving, discourage him or her from driving in bad weather, at night, and if ever he or she ever experiences feelings of dizziness, nausea, or is otherwise unwell.
2. Public Transportation Discounts
Many cities offer senior discounts on bus fares, as well as other forms of public transportation. This can be helpful for seniors who are able to wait at bus stops and do not mind longer travel times for getting around town. Public transportation allows your loved one to be active, avoid feeling isolated or confined to his or her home, and contributes to a greater sense of freedom. If your loved one’s mobility challenges make public transit too difficult, look into whether his or her city offer door-to-door pickup service for qualified disabled seniors and wheelchair-ready vans.
Some churches and other non-profits offer rides free of charge or at a discount for seniors. Your local senior center or social services agency might have a list of organizations offering these senior shuttle services. Certain organizations may offer curb service while others also offer extra assistance and help seniors to and from the vehicle.
4. Ride Share
Ridesharing companies provide transportation at fees that are typically lower than taxi fares. They offer door pickup and rides can usually be scheduled in advance. If your senior loved one does not live near public transportation routes, is reluctant to ride buses or trains, and needs door or curb pickup, ride share is a safe, reliable option.
For another source of regular senior transportation, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our professional caregivers are expertly trained to help seniors with mobility challenges, including stroke survivors and seniors with Parkinson’s, run errands, go grocery shopping, pick up prescriptions, and more. To learn more about our Parkinson’s and stroke care services in Mississauga, give a Care Manager a call at (905) 337-1200 and schedule a free in-home consultation.