Do most assisted living communities provide transportation?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    Yes, assisted living communities should provide transportation for residents to doctor's appointments, hairdresser appointments, shopping, and even day trips to attractions around the local area.

    When seniors enter an assisted living community, they find they can save money on many daily expenses. For many seniors who can't, or don't want to, drive anymore, they can save hundreds of dollars a month by not owning a car. But this doesn't mean they are trapped within the facility.

    Assisted living activities directors often plan day trips, which are a great opportunity for socialization and to see the surrounding communities. These outings could include trips to museums, plays, or even out to dinner.

    Transportation is usually provided by bus or shuttle at scheduled times, but residents should be able to get transportation around town, as requested, on fairly short notice. Some assisted living facilities will help residents schedule doctor or therapy appointments as well as coordinate transportation to get there on time.

    Having readily available transportation is key to helping seniors feel more independent in assisted living. Before you choose an assisted living community, find out about the structure and frequency of free transportation for residents, and also take a look around the surrounding community to see what the nearest town has to offer.