7 Questions to ask when considering an Assisted Living Center and its Transportation Services

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Residents depend on accessibility to get them everywhere they need to go, whether older adults need and want like running errands, therapy appointments, social outings, or other local activities. Keeping their connection to the larger community is invaluable, and the transportation available by the facility helps older adults keep this connection.
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Responses of don’t know (< 1%) and are not shown. Source: 2010 CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities Survey (Resident Responses)
Only 4% of residents were still driving while in Residential Care Facilities, according to a 2010 CDC National Survey.

  • How short of notice is required for transportation arrangements?
  • Are medical and dental appointment transportation arrangements made easily?
  • Are there specific outings planned by the activity director?
  • How readily available is the transportation to shopping malls and restaurants?
  • Do they plan nature outings?
  • How safe and well maintained are the transportation vehicles provided by the community?
  • If available, is there a cost for special appointments?

Older adults should expect more than just transportation to shopping and everyday outings. Understanding the types of transportation provided is a valid concern when evaluating a facility.

Knowing if the facility provides transportation to medical and dental appointments, as well as transportation to workshops, work training programs or supported employment are all just as important.

(Originally posted by Carol Marak on http://www.assistedlivingfacilities.org/resources/services-provided/transportation/ )