Should Mom Use Door-to-Door Transportation?
Posted on July 02, 2015
8/31/15 9:40am | Alert1 caregivers are often concerned about transporting aging seniors who can't drive. This
concern grows especially when caregivers pick up the
responsibility of running errands for aging loved ones. Door-to-door
transportation is a
great way to help Mom age in place, without restricting her to her home.
But how do you know if it’s time to get Mom set up with door-to-door
Can D2D transportation help older adults?
Mom’s eyesight and reaction time isn’t like it used to be. If you
worry about your senior who drives, the first step is to be a passenger in
the car. Observe and sense how she is feeling when she drives. Is she stressed?
Scared? Worried? Watch to see if she is struggling to see traffic signs,
swerving or forgetting signals. If so, it may be time to look into D2D
What do senior D2D transportation services actually do?
- Drive! –
Door-to-door transportation drivers come directly to Mom’s house to pick her up
and take her wherever she may need to go. With their help, she can go grocery shopping, go to her medical
appointments, and run every day errands. They also drive Mom back home when
- Physical Assistance -
Many transportation services also will help Mom with daily activities if she
needs it. Some drivers will provide arm-through-arm, door-through-door
- Extra Help - Drivers
may help with packages, or help carrying groceries and other goods to and from
Mom’s home. These
services aim to make seniors’ lives easier.
Why should seniors use D2D transportation?
- The Fear of Driving -
Many seniors are hesitant or scared to drive because they feel like it is
unsafe. Door-to-door transportation takes the stress out of trips, but still
lets your loved ones be active in the community. Seniors across America rely
upon our mobile
medical alert to stay protected while on the go.
- Morale - Seniors are
happier when they are able to interact and socialize with others outside of
their homes. These services help with just that.
How can seniors keep safe while out and about?
time to set Mom up with D2D transportation, consider getting her the Kelsi Mobile
Medical Alert button
from Alert1. Kelsi will give your Mom quick
access to help. That feeling of safety will empower her to live her life
When used as a team, door-to-door
transportation and the Kelsi Mobile Medical Alert help keep your Mom social,
self-sufficient, and safe.
What options do older adults have?
Here are a few examples of
door-to-door transportation companies that are currently helping seniors in the
- The Independent Transportation Network (ITN) - American
seniors 60 years and older have access to the Independent Transportation Network. The
ITN is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, for any purpose. The drivers at
the ITN provide arm-through-arm, door-through-door service, as well as help
with packages. With this service, no money is exchanged in the vehicle, and
tips are not accepted. You can pre-fund a personal transportation account to
take care of payments. This means your senior doesn’t have to worry about
paying on-the-spot! One customer of ITN services said, “It makes me feel
independent. I love the service and don’t have to ask family and friends for
- Seniors First - Seniors First transports your senior to medical
appointments, dental appointments, labs, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, and
hairdressers. This service is offered in Auburn, Roseville and Sacramento, CA.
- City of Los Angeles Department of Aging - The City of Los Angeles Department of
Aging offers a demand
response transportation service. It is sensitive to the needs and limitations
of your loved one. When you or your senior requests service, they also schedule
their pickup and drop-off arrangements. Drivers will assist your loved
one to the door of their home into the vehicles if needed. If your senior is 65
years of age or older, they qualify for this service!
- West Austin Caregivers - West Austin Caregivers provide trips to any destination
needed in the Austin, TX area. These drivers are volunteers that are willing to
help with whatever your senior may need.
How to find a nearby senior D2D service
- The Internet - If
door-to-door transportation interests you, a great first step is to search for senior-friendly
options on the internet. Make sure you search in the area your senior
lives in, as some services only operate in small towns or regions. This will
help you to find the service that is best for your Mom.
- Community Centers -
You can also take a short trip to your city’s community center. They have
plenty of information about the services that Mom can take advantage of.
to read the fine print of each service carefully. Some services only offer transportation.
Others are willing to help your senior with anything they may need.
transportation is a great way to help your senior age in place. When teamed
Alert1 Kelsi Mobile Medical Alert, seniors will never feel unsafe or
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