Seniors – Maintaining An Independent Lifestyle

Transportation Options for Seniors

Driving offers freedom and independence, making it possible for people to go wherever they want without having to arrange alternative forms of transportation.

Unfortunately, the majority of people have to stop driving at some point as they get older. This can be an extremely challenging time for seniors. Giving up driving means sacrificing much of their independence, which can have devastating effects on their self-confidence and can make getting around a lot more difficult.


As a senior, it is important to look for alternative forms of transportation so that you can stay as active as possible. Otherwise, you may find yourself stuck at home, feeling cut off from the world because you can no longer drive. Although you may be able to rely on your family members and friends to get you to and from your appointments or other activities, it is worth looking into other transportation options, as well.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on transportation to get wherever you need to go.

Instead, there are plenty of low-cost choices available.

Even if you have limited mobility and have to use a wheelchair or walker, public transportation is still an option. All buses and trains that are designed for public use have to have wheelchair lifts installed. In some cases, the cost of your transportation may even be covered by insurance plans like Medicaid. Talk to your insurance provider about senior life insurance to find out whether or not coverage is available for getting to and from your medical appointments.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires para-transit vehicles or other types of accessible transportation solutions to be available wherever public transportation service is offered. These vehicles are equipped with special features that are designed to accommodate people with disabilities, including those in wheelchairs. The law also requires providers who operate these transportation systems to keep the cost lower than two times the standard cost of public transportation. For instance, if a bus ticket costs two dollars, the operator of the para-transit system can charge no more than four dollars for a similar ride.

Para-transit services are only available to qualified applicants, meaning that you will need to apply before you can ride. States and territories receive funding from the Older Americans Act (OAA) that is designed to ensure that each region has an Area Agency on Aging. Consider reaching out to your local chapter of this agency to talk to them about transportation options that are available for seniors in your area.


Many senior centers or social service groups also provide periodic transportation for seniors to places like the grocery store, local medical buildings, and libraries.

Although this option isn’t quite as flexible as some of the other choices that are available, it still can be a cost-effective and convenient way to get around. Typically, these transportation programs follow a predetermined schedule. For instance, they may provide transportation for seniors to get groceries on Wednesdays at 10 AM. Trips to the library may be held on Thursdays at 11 AM, and so on. One of the benefits of this type of transportation is that it provides a social outlet, as well, since seniors get to travel with other people who are facing a lot of the same issues.

New Tech – Mobility Solutions for Seniors

Solutions For Seniors with Mobility Issues

As people get older, moving around might become a problem.

person in wheelchair

This includes going up stairs, down stairs and walking in general. This is because as we age, we lose strength and our stability declines.

If managing stairs outside one’s home is becoming hard, then moving to a senior living center or a single-floor home might be an option. However, many elderly want to remain in their own home or community as they continue to age. Although they can move, most seniors have grown up in the communities they reside in, therefore they prefer to remain there.

As we age, we might find doing chores and daily activities much harder, especially if we suffer with mobility issues.

The good news is there are many products that can help people age easier at home. The types of products that you’ll want to consider depends on various factors, such as your medical condition, mobility issue and things of that nature. With that said, some of the products you can consider getting include:

Bathroom And Bedroom Accessories

There are various types of bathroom accessories out there. This includes walk-in tubs, shower seats and grab bars to name a few. Such products are designed to minimize the risk of falling during showering or bathing. They can also help with going to the toilet.

There’s also bedroom accessories. One of the most popular kinds are adjustable beds. Beds that can be adjusted can help people become more comfortable by clicking a few buttons to adjust their bed.

adjustable bed

Personal Care And Grooming Items

This includes items such as specialized footwear and adaptive clothing. It also includes dressing aids. Specialized grooming accessories fall in this category too.

Mobility Accessories & Products, And Climbing Aids

Such products in these categories include ramps, walking aids, mobility scooters, and wheelchairs. Others are home and stair lifts, as well as stair climbing aids. Such items can make getting around much easier.

Recreational and Kitchen Dining Items

Adapted sports items and eating and drinking aids fall in these categories. It also includes utensils that are easy to use. Furthermore, there are recliners specifically made for those with mobility issues.

Remember, there are companies that can renovate homes for seniors with mobility issues. They can do things such as change out door handles and make doorways wider.

Ford’s Tri-City Mobile Solutions

Contact a company and ask them what they can do for you.