To elderly drivers who have been behind the wheel for 30, 40, even 50 years, losing the ability to drive starts out as a humbling, frustrating experience that may find them feeling trapped in the home. But senior transportation options in metro Boston are varied and available to most older and disabled adults. Giving up driving may be voluntary or not, but it’s definitely possible to “thrive without driving”.
Elderly Drivers Find Other Options in Lexington, MA
Something as simple as walking a half-mile to the T or using the escalators may be prohibitive for the elderly, so while the MBTA does offer reduced fares to seniors, it doesn’t work for everyone. The Boston Senior Shuttle provides transportation within the city limits, but if you are a senior outside Boston city limits needing transportation, you must seek other services.
If your are over 65 living in Lexington, Lexpress busses offer senior fares and are wheelchair accessible. There are six routes and the busses run weekdays only. A 3-month senior pass costs $50. The reality facing most elderly drivers, when they turn in their car keys for good, is that transportation needs go beyond such bus service. Your non-driving parent, for example, may need a ride to her dentist during the hours you work, assistance getting in and out of the car or taxi, and someone to help her find the office in a multi-function building. He or she may need a pre-paid or bill-me-later option.
Not Driving But Still Getting Around
These are areas where looking to a home care agency for alternatives for elderly drivers makes sense. Ideally, before it’s time to “turn in the car keys”, the family caregiver, spouse, or driver looks into the options in his area, so that when the time comes, they can seamlessly move into a new mode of getting around.
At Minute Women, Inc. Home Care, we regularly provide transportation for seniors in metro-west Boston. Generally, a reputable in-home care agency offers two options for non-drivers. The first is driving the client in his or her own car, and the other is when the caregiver or special services driver uses his or her own vehicle, and is reimbursed for mileage. As professional caregivers these drivers can also assist the individual in and out of the vehicle, and up ramps and stairs.
As the person begins to have increased mobility or memory problems, the home care agency can upgrade the services by escorting the older person to their appointments, accompanying them to religious services, graduations or grocery shopping. With a little forethought, the transition from elderly driver in Massachusetts to Senior with Transportation should be hassle-free.