Expanding Transportation Services for the Elderly
Lack of transportation is a serious problem for many elderly people. When older people no longer drive or have access to a car, they become isolated. They depend on someone else for a ride or they walk or take public transportation; these options are often inadequate.
When people have trouble getting to doctor’s appointments or picking up medications, that negatively impacts their health, especially those suffering from chronic conditions. Shopping for groceries can also become difficult, which can eventually lead to malnutrition. Additionally, seniors without reliable transportation can easily become isolated and lonely. A dangerous or even fatal result.
Expanding Elder Transportation Services
Technology, community groups and government programs could all help address the problem of providing transportation for the elderly. Even ride-sharing app-based companies such as Lyft and Uber could provide useful options. Currently, programs are being developed to make these services accessible to elderly people who don’t use smartphones. One drawback, however, is that most drivers are not trained in working with elderly people who need extra assistance.
Community organizations are also playing a role by helping to coordinate volunteer drivers with elderly people who need rides. Medicare is now trying a program where it pays ambulances to take people to doctor’s appointments, instead of only to emergency services.
Public transit offers mobility, especially for people who live in cities, but what needs more attention is getting elderly people from their homes to the nearest transit stop. ParaTransit busses, vans, or car services provide door-to-door transportation for people with disabilities. However, this service can be inconvenient, requiring reservations in advance with sometimes long waits.
Some transit planners are working on an idea they call “Universal Mobility as a service.” This would join different kinds of transit services, including ParaTransit, commercial ride-sharing services, taxis, and senior shuttles, and combine them on one platform, allowing people to find rides more easily.
Contact a Los Angeles Elder Abuse Lawyer
Getting around can be a huge challenge for elderly people, especially in large cities like Los Angeles. Along with transportation, other challenges aging adults also face include, unfortunately, the possibility of becoming victims of elder abuse.
If you are in Southern California and believe an elderly loved one is being abused, reach out to a Los Angeles elder abuse lawyer at Garcia & Artigliere. We are leaders in fighting elder abuse and improving resources that help the elderly. Contact our Los Angeles elder abuse lawyers for a free case review.