When Mom or Dad reach a certain age, it is no more advisable for them to be engaged in too much walking or tiresome commuting on a many sunny days because of health reasons. As much as possible, they should not be exposed to any tedious activity such as walking for miles to wait for public transportation at a bus stop. Because of this, senior transportation resolutions have been devised to make life easier for them.
There are many options that are now available to the families of elderly people directly affected by this issue, even more specifically for those whose elderly are living in the rural areas where transport services are hard to find.
One can arrange for a public transportation department to provide senior transportation to and from places, door to door. Most of these services look for certain documents like a physician’s note or they can even conduct interviews to certify eligibility of an elderly to utilize this service. However these services may require an arrangement in about 48-72 hours before the scheduled transport so that this service may be made available to other people. But this could be somewhat inconvenient since not all the elderly or their families may always foresee any reason or need to go out about 3 days before. And thus, in cases of emergency visits to the doctor or when an elderly is in the mood to visit the grocery or nearby park, they cannot easily do so.
Another option is to talk to the community volunteer driver that support the community driver transportation programs which promote friendly senior transportation. The closest community center may have information available to your family. But then again, these services may also require scheduling beforehand.