Transportation options for homebound seniors include public transportation services, senior transportation services and caregiver services. Homebound seniors are individuals who are no longer able to drive themselves for errands or appointments due to cognitive impairment or medical conditions. Available services often vary by location.
In areas that offer public transportation, a growing number of services are offering buses and other vehicles to accommodate the special needs of homebound seniors, as of 2015. Buses have lowered steps for easier access. Many are fitted with lifts for wheelchairs that make transportation easier. Seniors often qualify for free or reduced-price passes to help stretch their budget.
In many communities, senior transportation is an option. These vans offer pickup at the client’s home and transport him to his appointment or shopping. The vans are equipped with lifts for wheelchair clients. Some services also provide for the client’s caregiver. Some senior-service transportation companies operate on a fixed schedule, while others require the client to call and schedule transportation. With these services, it is sometimes possible to arrange a ride on short notice.
Caregiver services provide another form of transportation. Depending on the client’s needs and preference, the caregiver may transport the client by driving the client’s vehicle or by using his own car.