Getting Help - Community Mobility
Getting Around Without a Car
For most of us, it's difficult to change from the convenience and independence of driving ourselves to relying on some other means to get around our communities. But when we need to limit or stop our driving, we are faced with a clear choice: We either find another way to get to the people and places we want to go, or we stop going out.
Many of us will ask family and friends to help get us around. But most communities around the country have other choices that also can help us. Some of these are paid services; others rely on unpaid volunteers.
Finding out more about your community choices--even before you need them--can keep you connected to your community and keep you participating in those activities that are important to you. Below are some organizations that can help you find ways to get around your community without a car.
Eldercare Locator, Community Assistance for Seniors by the U.S. Administration on Aging.
Help For Family Caregivers
Providing transportation for older adults who have had to limit or stop driving is a top responsibility for the majority of family caregivers. Many community-based organizations (such as faith-based and civic groups) can help you provide that transportation. You also can get names of other places by contacting the Eldercare Locator.
Even if you still want to provide transportation support to a family member or friend, you should know the best ways to get the person in and out of the car safely without hurting yourself.
Easter Seals Project Action and Easter Seals Transportation Solutions for Caregivers has tips on safely transporting older adults in your car and resources for transportation options, especially for individuals with disabilities.