Aging in place is something many seniors strive for today. The thought of living in their home instead of an assisted living facility is attractive for many reasons. However, one trap that too many seniors fall into is staying at home too often and not going outside of their house. Whether it’s because they have no desire to get out of the house or if a physical disability is preventing them from it, seniors have to find a way to get out to benefit their mental and physical health. Here are some of the most important factors to consider if you or a loved one have transportation concerns.
Seniors are more likely to go different places if they know accessibility is an option. Public transportation should be wheelchair accessible and businesses should have similar options for people with a physical disability. Researching different public transportation options takes a little effort but can be very beneficial if they are accommodating. And if seniors are still able to drive, they could invest in an auto lift to bring their wheelchair or mobility scooter with them wherever they go.
Affordability is a concern many seniors have when it comes to public transportation. They don’t want to spend unnecessary money, which often means they have to decide what is absolutely necessary to do. Instead of focusing solely on public transportation, evaluate the sidewalks in any given area and see whether a mobility scooter or wheelchair could be used. Paying for public transportation can get expensive daily, but purchasing a mobility scooter can be more cost-effective and allow you more freedom to go to different places. This is especially true when you have an auto lift to transport it.
Some towns have specific eligibility requirements you must meet to use certain transportation options. This could be simply proving that you have a physical disability before signing up for a service, which is easy to do. If you have any questions or concerns about your eligibility, the particular transportation service can help you determine whether you qualify for specific services.
Mobility concerns shouldn’t be a reason why you stay at home all the time. There are plenty of transportation options for seniors with limited mobility. Utilizing the resources available to you can make senior transportation much easier, and Next Day Access is here to help in any way we can. If you need a wheelchair, mobility scooter, auto lift, or any other item to help you get around, we’ve got you covered. Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time to learn more about how we can help.