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Non-expensive transportation services for seniors

Old man in a comfortable bus by Nutmeg Senior Riders

For a senior, it is crucial to have several options of transportation since they’re probably unable to drive anymore.

Seniors present different necessities due to aging, including regular visits to the doctor, weekend familiar reunions or some other interests such as religion, clubs, friend visiting, etc.

Regularly, they struggle because they’re feeling ashamed in asking for rides, when it should be a normalized and assigned service for this social group.

For occasional trips, it is normal asking a friend or family member if they can drive you, in other cases, offer to pay them when the trips are regular.

Sometimes nonprofit organizations like Nutmeg Senior Rides, churches, and synagogues have volunteer drivers that will offer rides for a minimum amount or some others for free. And there are always taxis, although the drivers may not help older passengers on the door-to-door journey.

We present other options in case you’re not familiar with the previously mentioned:

  • Private vehicle service with driver. If your loved one needs regular trips and assistance, consider hiring a reputable private chauffeured car service that allows you to arrange trips in advance will be a specific option when your familiar is often needing rides.

  • Transportation services for older adults offered by the residences. If your loved one lives in a caregiving facility, ask about the transportation services they offer to residents, whether it's for weekly shopping or other social outings like attending a meeting club, visiting an old friend or a family member.

  • Dial-a-Ride Program (telephone request for transportation), van services and carpooling. Often times, these services are provided by trucking companies or non-profit organizations that operate along specific routes. To find a service in your area, use the Eldercare Locator Senior Service Locator (www.eldercare.gov).

  • Public transport. Depending on your loved one's health and the options available in your community, the bus, subway, or train may be a viable alternative, perhaps after taking a few trial trips together for having both of you familiar with the lines and routes.

  • Paratransit Service (Transportation system for people with disabilities). This system of buses, vans, cars and trains provides a service to those who cannot use regular public transport. Contact the transportation provider in your area for eligibility conditions.

If it is a serious case in which it is necessary to transfer the patient to the hospital, the transfer is carried out by medical ambulance at no additional cost.

In any case, Nutmeg Senior Rides is always available, 365 days of the year, and for your loved ones, this service is always the best choice because of the particularity of our rides: they’re fun, safe and affordable.

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