Coordination of Transportation for Medical Appointments and Local Errands
Patients receiving long-term home care often need reliable transportation for doctors’ appointments, collecting prescription medication, and other errands. LightSpring Home Care helps coordinate appropriate transportation support services for our patients depending on their situation and specific needs.
Please note, our caregivers do not drive patients to their destinations themselves. Instead, they communicate with the appropriate service coordinators on behalf of their patients.
Are you looking for a way to safely navigate simple errands? We proudly coordinate transportation services for older adults throughout Philadelphia County, Bucks County, and Delaware County, including:
- Yeadon, PA
- Chester, PA
- Darby, PA
- Upper Darby, PA
- Clifton Heights, PA
- Drexel Hill, PA
- Sharon Hill, PA
- Lansdowne, PA
- Morton, PA
- Glenolden, PA
- Folcroft, PA
- Aldan, PA
- Springfield, PA
- Norristown, PA
No matter where you are located, you can trust our care coordinators to find the right transportation services to get you or your loved one to the intended destination safely and without complications.
Medicaid Waiver Patients
For patients participating in Medicaid Waiver programs in Pennsylvania, our care coordinators will facilitate contact with the service coordinators at the patients’ MCO in order to ensure access to “non-medical transportation” facilities where possible. In addition, our caregivers can refer patients to trusted third parties to provide limited support for local essential errands, such as grocery shopping and prescription medication pick-up.
Private Duty/Private Pay Patients
Patients want to remain in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible, and LightSpring Home Care wants to make this possible. Our compassionate care coordinators can recommend solutions for limited transportation for doctor appointments, the local pharmacy, grocery shopping, and other essential tasks. Transportation needs and preferences of patients are assessed at the outset of care to provide an individualized care plan.
For private pay patients interested in using a ride-share service, we partner with Uber Health to provide supplemental transportation where this is feasible. Our coordination team can facilitate the rides where there is a prior arrangement, including the agreement of the patient to incur the additional cost of this service.
Why Public Transportation May Not Be the Answer for Your Elderly Relative
As we journey through life, one thing remains constant: the need for reliable transportation. While we can often meet our own needs for transportation for several decades, there comes a time when it’s wise to hang up the car keys for good. At this point, we must rely on the assistance of others. For some, public transportation may seem like a viable option, but when you look further into the details, it becomes clear that this type of transportation may not be suitable for our elderly relatives:
- Limited Accessibility: Public transportation systems may not cover all locations, making it difficult for older adults to access essential services and businesses, such as medical appointments and grocery stores.
- Safety Concerns: Public transportation can be unpredictable and sometimes unsafe, especially for seniors who may have mobility issues or cognitive impairments.
- Inconvenient: Older adults may face challenges navigating crowded buses and trains, which can be physically taxing and stressful.
- Lack of Personalization: Public transportation does not provide the personalized assistance and care that older adults may need to ensure a comfortable and stress-free journey.
At LightSpring Home Care, we understand the importance of safe and convenient transportation for older adults, which is why we are proud to offer coordination of transportation support services in Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia County, Bucks County, Delaware County, Yeadon, Chester, Darby, Upper Darby, Clifton Heights, Drexel Hill, Sharon Hill, Lansdowne, Morton, Glenolden, Folcroft, Aldan, Springfield, and Norristown, PA. Our care coordinators will help you find the best service provider for transportation so that your loved one is able to get to their appointments on time and complete their errands in a timely fashion.
How to Know When It’s Time for Older Adults to Stop Driving
Recognizing when it’s time for your loved one to stop driving is a crucial step in ensuring their safety and the safety of others on the road. Here are some signs that may indicate it’s time for your elderly relative to relinquish their car keys:
- Decreased Vision: If your loved one has difficulty seeing road signs, pedestrians, or other vehicles, even with corrective eyewear, they should leave the driving to someone else.
- Slower Reaction Times: Frequent delays in reacting to unexpected situations on the road are a sure sign your loved one is ready for transportation assistance for seniors.
- Forgetfulness: Forgetting routes, getting lost in familiar areas, or being unable to recall recent drives is a strong indicator that your aging loved one should stop driving.
- Increased Anxiety: Does your loved one feel nervous, anxious, or overwhelmed while driving? They may need to let someone else take the wheel.
- Physical Limitations: If your parent or elderly relative is struggling with the physical demands of driving, such as turning the steering wheel or pressing the pedals, it’s time to invest in transportation services tailored specifically for seniors.
- Recent Accidents or Near-Misses: Involvement in accidents or a history of close calls on the road is a large warning sign that your loved one should take a backseat in the car.
If these issues sound familiar, it’s essential to have an open and compassionate conversation about your loved one’s driving capabilities and explore transportation support services that can maintain their independence while ensuring their safety. In addition to assigning them caregivers for their post-operative home care and providing assistance with daily living, our care coordinators can refer you to trusted transportation providers who can get your loved one to and from doctors’ appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies, and more.
Helping Your Loved One Get Around While Maintaining Their Independence
At LightSpring Home Care, we are dedicated to helping your loved one maintain their independence, even when they are no longer able to drive themselves around town. We can help you find transportation support services that are tailored to the unique needs of older adults and those with disabilities, helping each and every adult in Pennsylvania maintain a high quality of life.
By investing in a transportation service or program, you can enjoy the following benefits:
- Personalized Transportation: Rides will be tailored to your loved one’s schedule and preferences, ensuring they can continue to engage in social activities, attend medical appointments, and run errands.
- Flexibility: Transportation support services from our trusted partners can be customized to meet your loved one’s specific needs, whether it’s daily transportation or occasional assistance.
- Peace of Mind: Knowing that your elderly relative is in the care of skilled and compassionate providers gives you peace of mind.
To learn more about how LightSpring Home Care can help you find transportation services for older adults, we encourage you to contact us today. We will gladly connect you with trusted partners who will enable your loved ones to continue to enjoy their independence while receiving the transportation assistance they need to thrive in their golden years.
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