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Senior Citizen's Guide to Southwest Ohio

Senior Transportation Services

Giving up your car keys may feel like you’ve reached the end of the road, but it doesn’t have to put and end to your transportation independence. Now more than ever, you can remain in control of your transportation. You no longer have to rely on the help of children, caretakers, or bus and van services that may not be reliable and take too long in transit.

Many transportation options are available, whether as independent organizations or as part of other services like senior or community centers. Many new organizations in cities all across the country are springing up to help seniors get where they want to go, when they want to go. Before you choose a transportation service, however, there are several things to consider.

  1. Price and Payment: Some services charge up to $60 for a one-way trip. Make sure the options fall within your budget, and ascertain whether there is an additional per-mile cost. Ask whether you will pay the driver or the organization. If your transportation service is provided through a membership you already have, such as one with a community center, ask if the cost of the ride gets charged to your account. Can you share a ride with a friend or neighbor to reduce the cost?
  1. Assistance: Are you taking a cab that will simply drop you off at your destination? Do you need assistance with packages, groceries, or help up a set of stairs? When you call to schedule, ask whether your driver is qualified to give you the assistance you need. If you are part of an assisted living community, ask if you can arrange for a caretaker to help you carry packages or assist you back to your apartment. Ask the transportation organization if they offer door-through-door, arm-through-arm service.
  1. Scheduling: Make sure you know how far in advance you need to schedule your transportation. Some organizations require no notice or 24 hour notice; others require at least a week. Do you need to schedule a return ride as well?  Can you schedule an evening or weekend ride? 
  1. Drivers: Ask who will be driving you. Is it a trained paid or volunteer driver? Is the driver qualified to give you assistance if you need it? Is the organization familiar with this driver?
  1. Routes:Does this driving organization have a fixed route that you must get to in order to be picked up? Or will they pick you up from anywhere? Transportation services without fixed routes are more likely to be on time because it is more likely that they are coming directly to you instead of making scheduled stops along the way.
  1. Restrictions:  Does the service only provide transportation for medical appointments?  Or can you go wherever you would like – even on social outings?

It’s a great time to be a senior.  Available transportation options continue to multiply, with a range of services that continue to surpass your needs.  Giving up your keys does not have to be the end of the road, but rather a fork in the road that allows you to continue to be independent and explore the world.

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