As adults get older, it often becomes more difficult for many of them to travel to different places for their basic needs. Fortunately, Shepherd’s Center of Northern Virginia (SCNOVA) provides two types of transportation services for senior citizens. Here is a close look at these services.
Senior Citizen Transportation
The first type of transportation service SCNOVA offers is medical transportation. Volunteers drive our clients to medical appointments (including therapy sessions). Drivers must be notified at least four business days in advance to provide this service, and rides are never guaranteed.
The second type of transportation service is companion transportation. Drivers accompany clients to the grocery store, pharmacy, bank, library, or other nearby locations. Volunteers can also take clients to social meetings or educational functions. A minimum of four business days’ notice is also needed for this service, which is also never guaranteed.
Benefits of Transportation Service
These services can be especially beneficial to adults who no longer drive due to financial or health-related reasons. More specifically, here are four notable benefits of transportation services for older adults:
Sense of Independence & Freedom
If a senior citizen knows they have someone to take them to their desired destination, they will likely have a greater sense of independence and freedom. This helps with improving their overall quality of life.
It’s important for everyone to stay active, but seniors can especially benefit from regular exercise, and getting out of the house can sometimes be just enough to improve their physical health. Going out to see friends, family, or even attend a class or information session can also improve their mental health and prevent feelings of depression and loneliness.
It can be extremely unsafe for a senior to drive if they have poor vision or hearing, for both themselves and other drivers on the road. Volunteers who are capable of safely operating a vehicle are able to assist seniors with getting around.
Alternative to Help From Family
If a senior’s primary caregiver is a relative, transportation services can also offer this individual a respite from taking their family member to multiple destinations. Caregivers can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their loved one is being taken care of.
Get Senior Citizen Transportation Services From SCNOVA
Contact Shepherd’s Center for more information about our transportation services for seniors. We are a nonprofit that has been dedicated to assisting adults in Northern Virginia ages 50 and up since 1998. Our more than 250 volunteers are vetted and trained to assist our clients in improving their quality of life and preventing them from becoming lonely.