Reliable retirement community transportation services are a core part of offering senior living services. The service is provided for residents for various reasons – whether to ensure the safety of residents during their commute to their appointments or bringing them out for outdoor excursions and shopping trips. This is true for independent living communities, assisted living communities, and memory care communities – transportation is central to improving quality of life and offering quality care. Find out what you should look for in senior living complimentary transportation.
Residents should be able to easily hop onto any scheduled trips to and from town to easily run their personal errands throughout the day. This reduces the need for residents to book an advanced trip beforehand that can be time-consuming and troublesome. The drop-off points also need to be spread out across town to provide residents with variety as to where they can head out to.
Apart from the scheduled trips, residents should be allowed to book personal trips to go for their doctor’s appointments, religious services, and other time-specific outings. This ensures that they can keep up with their personal schedule and not miss out on any important arrangements if they are restricted only to scheduled trips set by the retirement community. The process of booking an advanced trip also needs to be fast and easy for the residents to complete. The concierge should be available around the clock to ensure residents can make the necessary arrangements at their preferred timing.
The retirement community should have its own fleet of vehicles that is maintained and operated by their own team of drivers. Residents do not need to worry about vehicle upkeep and filling of gas for their trips outside the community. The vehicles also need to be regularly inspected, registered, and compliant with state, federal, ADA, and local standards to ensure no breakdowns will take place during any of the trips. Offering properly marked vehicles will also make it so much easier for residents to identify the community’s fleet of vehicles after a day out spending time in town.
The retirement community transportation services should be facilitated by licensed drivers who have had prior experience in navigating the surrounding vicinities around town. This will ensure that residents can get to their destinations on time and in safety at all times by taking the fastest and safest route. Drivers also need to have undergone thorough screening to ensure they are the right fit to be working with the elderly. They also need to be trained in CPR and defensive driving as well as those with special needs.
Will there be assistance offered to residents who may be experiencing soreness or aches in their joints so they can safely board the vehicle? Providing assistance to residents during every trip will ensure that they will feel at ease, knowing that their safety is in good hands. After a day of running errands, residents may also need assistance with their shopping bags and other things. Having the help that they need can better smoothen things out during every trip.