Every year, tens of thousands of older adults stop driving, and this can be a difficult time. Without the freedom to get in a car and go where they’d like, they rely on other people. But today, there are several new options for transportation for seniors that can help restore a sense of freedom and independence for seniors who no longer drive.
Public transportation. Buses, subways, and light-rail systems are great ways to get where you need to go. With most cities offering a comprehensive public transit system, there are usually stops near anywhere you need to be. For some seniors with mobility issues, this option may be a challenge. While most offer accessibility features like wheelchair access, you may have to travel some distance to reach the nearest transit stop.
Taxis. Taxis are convenient and can pick you up right from your door, and they’re also comfortable and not crowded like a bus can be. The main drawback of this option is the expense, which can add up if you have regular doctor’s appointments or other errands. However, taxis are a great way to get around town occasionally.
Ridesharing. New options like Uber and Lyft have given seniors new transportation choices. With all the advantages of taxis at a more affordable cost, these ridesharing options can be great for seniors. For less tech-savvy seniors, navigating the mobile apps to order your ride might be confusing, but friends and family can help make it easy. Also, you’ll need to let the driver know if you need accessibility accommodations like wheelchair access.
Public paratransit. In most cities, public paratransit services are available from public transit authorities, which can be helpful for seniors. These vehicles are equipped for accessibility and provide routes to areas similar to regular public transit offerings. These rides need to be scheduled in advance and may have wait times for arrival, so be sure to schedule them early if you have a medical appointment. Contact your local public transit agency for information about public paratransit options in your area.
Having accessible transportation is an important part of an independent lifestyle for seniors, and there are plenty of options to help. And when it’s time to consider moving to a senior living facility, connect with the expert senior care professionals at Ashbridge Manor Senior Living. Our attractive facilities and fun recreational programs are designed to provide a healthy, active lifestyle in a friendly, caring community, with transportation options available for shopping, medical appointments, and special events. You can find us at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA, call 610.269.8800, or contact us online for more information. Ask us about our move-in special! Ashbridge Manor is a safe, COVID-free senior living community.