How do I Find Senior Transportation?
Oh no, I have a doctor’s appointment, but can’t drive anymore and all my family work, how will I get to my doctor’s office?
Don’t worry, there is help out there!!
Most counties offer public transportation for seniors, you do have to register with the county office.
Best Senior Transportation Options here in Florida
Here in Volusia County, Florida it is through Votran and called the Votran Gold program. You can find out more information about this program by visiting votran.org or calling 386-322-5100.
Whether you’re living independently or in an assisted living facility, there are requirements that must be met and you can find them all on their website.
GoGoGrandparent is another way to get around town.
They utilize Uber or Lyft vehicles and are available in all 50 states and Canada.
They have many services other than giving you a ride, they can have groceries or food delivered to your home, and you can call and schedule medication management and reminders with them.
The number for GoGoGrandparent is 1-855-464-6872.
You can also check out their website at gogograndparent.com to view more information and check out frequently asked questions.
Uber and Lyft may have had some bad reps in the past, but they are a safe and reliable way to get around.
You do need a computer and cell phone that receives and sends texts. They will send you updates as to how close your driver is to your location and a picture with the name of your driver.
This is a safety procedure they implemented to ensure people feel safer using their company.
You can also check with your local aging agency, here in Volusia County it is the Council on Aging and their phone number is 386-253-4700.
You can also visit their website at coavolusia.org.
They offer many different programs from meals on wheels to guardianship services. The council on aging will come to your home and install grab bars or change outlet cover plates.
They have staff who can assist in bathing and dressing. There are many services the council on aging offer, please reach out to them for anything you or your loved one may need.
I found a website titled, Department of Elder Affairs, State of Florida. From there I went to programs and services and clicked on transportation.
There I found findarideflorida.org where you fill out a short form and it lists all the transportation options that are filed with the State of Florida and meet your criteria.
I never knew there was anything like this out there, it’s a very cool site.
Also on that website is a section named Safe Mobility for Life. If you click on it, there are many informational links. Under the Aging Road User link are other links to sites as driver wellness, driver skills, help on the road, and many others. This is an extremely helpful website and very informative.
This website, elderaffairs.state.fl.us is a wonderful site and I’m sure many people can benefit from the information. Seniors, as well as caregivers and family members, are able to find the information to the many questions and/or concerns they may have.
As you can see, there are many options for senior transportation in Florida should you find yourself or your loved one unable to drive anymore.
Please reach out to any of the above programs to schedule your ride and leave the worry behind you.