Proactively planning for mobility and transportation needs is a key component in planning with your loved one – and usually, a significant part of the caregiving role.
To get started, talk with your loved one about health related, social and task oriented transportation needs and preferences, and work together to take inventory of the variety of transportation options such as buses, vans, taxis, or even volunteer drivers from human service organizations to meet these needs.
Common for most, is the transition from the driver seat to the passenger seat – either gradually or resulting from a health incident. Remember, the ability to drive is not about someone’s age, it is about their ability to drive safely and if their health status impedes their ability to do so.
Many older adults require supportive transportation to stay involved and connected to their communities, and will rely on volunteer drivers or caregivers to provide rides and/or company during trips around town, to doctors appointments, etc.
A variety of organizations assist with learning about the options available in your community for driver training and support.
To learn about, and advocate for, accessible transportation, log on to the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC).
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