What You Need to Know About Senior Transportation Services

As people age, they may experience visual impairment and other physical changes that make driving more challenging. As a result, they may stay at home more. This can lead to an increased risk of isolation and depression. Fortunately, there are several safe, reliable, and cost-effective ways for seniors to get around.

When Should a Senior Stop Driving?

There is no specific age or timeline which determines when a senior should give up their car keys. However, there are warning signs you should be aware of which may indicate that your senior loved one can no longer drive safely.

Things to watch out for when you drive with the senior in your care include:

  • New dings or dents on their car
  • Getting lost on familiar routes
  • Driving too slowly
  • Driving over lines on the road
  • Appearing to be disoriented while driving

If you determine that it is unsafe for your senior loved one to remain on the road, it is important to have a conversation with them about alternative transportation methods. This conversation may be difficult because your loved one could be afraid that losing their ability to drive means losing their independence or quality of life. Be sure to approach this discussion with compassion and assure them that there are solutions to help preserve their independence.

Public Transportation. Elderly adults can take advantage of public transportation options such as buses, light rails, and subways. These modes of transportation are excellent options for some seniors because they can take them to many places for a relatively low cost. However, not all areas have public transportation that is easily accessible.

Rideshare Services. You’re probably familiar with Uber and Lyft but there are additional rideshare options that are specifically geared towards assisting seniors. One of these options is GoGoGrandparents. They partner with several companies, including Uber and DoorDash, to provide rides and deliveries. Uber Assist and Uber Health are other rideshare options with a focus on helping individuals living with mobility issues. Their services include certified drivers who can handle assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, before and after the ride.

Caregivers. An in-home caregiver can help seniors stay as healthy and independent as possible. They can assist individuals in their care by helping them get out of the house to shop, buy a gift for someone they love, pick out vegetables for dinner, volunteer, visit family and friends, go to medical appointments, attend religious functions and more. At Homewatch CareGivers, we empower seniors to remain mobile and keep their social independence, regardless of their driving status. To learn more about how we can assist you or your loved one with the transportation services we offer, please call your local Homewatch CareGivers location today.

Related Posts