Giving up driving, taking away the keys, revoking a driver’s license: no matter how it goes down, this is one of the thorniest senior care decisions that families and individuals encounter, and one of the most monumental life changes for the senior(s) at the center of it all.
Unless you live in an urban area and rely on public transportation or walking, being without a car makes you feel limited and dependent. We are so accustomed to the convenience of going where we must, when we must, without having to make arrangements first.
- Can residents keep a car parked on campus and come & go as they please?
- Is transportation available to all residents, regardless of whether or not they have a vehicle on the grounds?
- Is it offered on a limited basis during certain hours of the day, or is it more flexible in terms of availability?
- How is transportation scheduled – i.e. first come, first served or advanced notice required?
- Is it restricted to social excursions or medical appointments only, or can residents schedule it as needed?
- Is there an extra cost for using the community’s transportation?
Transportation can also be arranged through the local county’s public transit service, if available; at the direction of the resident, this service will usually come directly to the senior care community for pick-up and drop-off.