Perhaps your elderly loved one is still able to drive themselves everywhere.
This is great!
However, declining vision and other health challenges can throw a kink into a person’s ability to drive.
An inability to drive however should now keep your elderly loved one from getting to medical appointments, the grocery store and connecting with friends and family.
So what are some affordable transportation option for seniors?
That’s what we’ll be discussing in this blog post.
Five affordable transportation options for seniors
Senior discounts with local bus systems
Several bus and train systems across the country offer deep discounts for seniors.
You can purchase a monthly pass for these buses and trains and as long as you present proof of your age, you or your elderly loved one will receive the discount.
If most of your (or your loved one’s trips) are short, you can use the Lyft or Uber apps to get picked up and dropped off at your destinations.
The nice thing about these apps is that you can add a special message telling the driver of any special needs you have before they get there. And in my experience, even as a non-senior (yet!), drivers are very helpful when they know you have needs ahead of time.
If you’re paying for a professional care-giving service such as that which you get with Green Tree Home Care, caregivers can provide transportation and companionship to your medical appointments, the grocery store and more.
Just let your care-giving agency know about your needs and they may be able to step in!
if you want to use Uber or Lyft but don’t have a smartphone, you can use GoGoGrandparent to call for one.
GoGoGrandParent allows people to use a regular phone to access Uber or Lyft.
They also will provide your loved ones with text updates on where their senior loved one is in their journey.
Here’s a short video on how GoGoGrandParent works.
Veyo partners with health insurance companies and Medicaid/Medicare Advantage programs to provide transportation for seniors. You don’t have to pay anything out of the pocket for Veyo.
You don’t have to have a cell phone to use Veyo.
All you need to do is reach out to your health insurance company to find out if they partner with Veyo. If they do, you will simply follow their process for signing up for pick-ups and you’re done.
And those are five affordable transportation options for seniors to check out.
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