Transportation for Seniors

August 8, 2018

As adults get older, it may become more difficult to drive due to various reasons from living in a heavy traffic area to visually impaired, or it could even be the high costs of car maintenance. Whatever the reason may be,

But it’s important for seniors to remain mobile to keep their social independence with friends and family; to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. If you or your loved one is no longer able to drive, there are personal transportation options through states programs, non-profits, and private businesses.

For occasional trips, consider asking friends and family to volunteer or pay them to provide regular rides. Sometimes senior organizations or churches have volunteer drivers. And there are always taxis, although drivers may not assist elderly riders door to door. Here are other options:

  • Private car service. If your loved one need rides with assistance on a consistent basis, consider contracting with a reputable private car service where arrangements can be made in advance. If it's only a few times a week or a month, you can also consider Uber or Lyft.
  • Residence transportation services. For those living in care facilities, ask about transportation provided to residents for weekly shopping trips or other social outings.
  • Van services and ride sharing. Often these services are run by transportation companies or nonprofit organizations and operate along specific routes. To find a service in your area, use the Eldercare Locator.
  • Public transportation. Depending on your loved one’s health and options in your community, taking the bus, subway or train can be a viable option. They are senior discounts available for daily, monthly passes for those that would prefer this option.
  • Paratransit.  These vehicles are specifically equipped to handle wheelchairs and other accommodations.They travel the same approximate routes as your local public transit, but are more flexible in their stops and will pick passengers up at their homes.
  • Insurance Covered Transportation. Depending on your insurance provider, your health coverage may include a certain amount of transportation for medical purposes. In that case, a car, van, or another vehicle will pick you up at your home and take you to your appointment. Call your insurance provider and find out what your options are.

One of the main things to keep in mind when it comes to transportation for seniors is the importance of conducting your own research, in order to find out what options are available in your area. Here are a few tools that may prove helpful:

  • Uber and Lyft. Great apps for getting a ride quickly and conveniently. They’ll pick you up at your house and take you where you need to go, usually for a relatively low price. But even so, use them sparingly if you’re on a tight budget.
  • Embark – Helps you plan your route in at least 12 different major public transit systems across the country
  • GoGoGrandparent – For those without smartphones, this hotline allows you to call a number from any ordinary phone and be connected with an operator who will help you secure a ride from Uber or Lyft.
  • Eldercare Locator – Allows you to search by city or zip code for transportation services, along with help with a host of other senior-related issues.

Seniors maintaining their independence is crucial for healthy and active aging. A big part of independence is transportation. Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to stop moving. With a little work and the right resources, you can find plenty of ways of getting around town cheaply, safely, and conveniently.

Consider hiring a care companion if you would like to have some company on your travels! Request a safe ride with your companion when you need to get around. Wherever you need to go, we get you there in comfort by taking the method of transportation you prefer. Learn more at