Do Assisted Living Facilities Provide Transportation for Residents?
As people get older, they often find they’re no longer interested in driving, and that’s especially true of those who seek out assisted living care. The vast majority of assisted living facilities provide transportation for residents to help seniors retain their independence and stay as active as possible.
The type of transportation varies widely between facilities, and some assisted living communities offer a range of transportation options, including scheduled bus service, town car service and on-demand rides. In general, if transportation services are provided, these services don’t include an escort or caregiver.
Scheduled Transportation in Assisted Living Facilities
With the exception of small, family-style facilities, known as board-and-care homes, most assisted living facilities have a designated vehicle such as a passenger van or small bus that’s used by staff to transport residents. This vehicle is often wheelchair-accessible so seniors who use walkers, wheelchairs or mobility scooters can ride in comfort and safety.
Large assisted living communities often offer regularly scheduled trips to nearby shopping areas and medical centers so residents can coordinate their off-site medical appointments with the community’s transportation schedule. In general, scheduled transportation is included in the monthly assisted living rate, but it’s always a good idea to ask about any additional transportation costs when choosing a facility.
In addition to providing residents with scheduled rides to local destinations, many assisted living facilities provide on-demand transportation to medical and dental appointments, church services and special events. Some resort-style assisted living facilities even offer town car service.
Additional Transportation Options for Assisted Living Residents
Along with transportation services that may be provided by the assisted living facility, residents may have access to one or more additional transportation options. These options could include:
- Local public transit service
- Paratransit service
- Volunteer drivers who transport older adults to medical appointments, church services and community activities
- Rideshare services