Inevitably, we all reach a point in time when we require assistance with remaining mobile. Getting where we need to go, whether it be a doctor’s appointment, grocery shopping, or a friend’s birthday party, becomes less straightforward than hopping in the car and driving ourselves to our destination. Sometimes friends and family members are available to help, but this is not always the case, especially when special equipment may be needed.
Fortunately, there are several assisted transportation options available to ensure we all are able to maintain our mobility and independence…
Curb-to-curb: Taxis, Uber/Lyft, and Paratransit buses pick you up curbside and drop you off at your destination address.
Door-to-door: Most private medical transportation companies pick you up at your front door and take you to the door of your destination. Often, service to private residences stops at the front door, but service to medical facilities (hospitals, dialysis centers, assisted living facilities, etc) will include through-door assistance.
Door-through-door: Some non-emergency medical transportation companies, such as Williams Mobility, provide assistance every step of the way. Whether it be your living room, doctor’s office check-in desk, hospital bed, or your own bed at home, Williams Mobility is there by your side to make sure that you safely and comfortably get where you need to be!
For additional information and resources, I recommend taking a look at Transportation Options for Older Adults, published by the U.S. Administration on Aging. The pamphlet is available online at the Eldercare.gov website – click here to view.