For the majority of senior citizens, the once-simple thing of getting around eventually becomes a much harder task. As vision and other faculties get worse with age, driving becomes more dangerous, and finally driving rights may need to be denied completely.
With the option of driving themselves around independently no longer available, there are still a variety of alternatives to help seniors stay active and remain able to get where they need to go.
Carpooling is a system that has been around for a very long time, and for some seniors, this can be a great way to get around. For those who may be living in a retirement community or similar type of arrangement in which neighbors or friends with cars are easy to come by, it may not be a serious problem to depend on carpooling to get around. However, this system does not work for everyone depending on their situation and the destinations they may need to get to
Depending on the location, public transportation can be a good option for seniors: it’s generally very cheap, and the rider doesn’t have to depend on friends or family to get around. That being said, not every town has a convenient public transportation system. Also, the physical demands of riding public transportation may be beyond the capabilities of some seniors.
For other seniors, the taxi is the main method of transportation. While taxis are typically very fast and convenient, they also tend to be relatively expensive. A taxi ride here and there may not seem like a lot of money to spend, but for seniors who need to get to and from regular appointments or checkups, these expenses can add up very quickly.
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services
In many areas in the country, there are private services that provide non-emergency medical transportation for seniors and others with medical commitments. These services are generally significantly cheaper than taxis, and come with some advantages over the other transportation alternatives.
Firstly, these medical transportation providers take their customers from door to door, and the better of them are very punctual. Also, good medical transportation providers will have friendly and professional drivers, clean vans, and overall will work to create very comfortable experiences for their customers. For seniors who may need a ride to a single medical procedure, or those looking for a regular service to get them to and from weekly appointments, non-emergency medical transportation services are likely the best option.