As we watch our parents and grandparents age, we watch them struggle with coming to grips with losing the independence they have come to rely on nearly their entire lives. And, when this struggle begins, it impacts not only one life, but the lives of most everyone around them, including us, their children, grandchildren, spouses and others who have been entrusted with their care and well-being.
When loved ones can no longer drive we have an even bigger predicament. Taking time out to drive a loved one to doctor’s appointments and to run errands encroaches upon our daily routines and causes us to miss work or conducting business of our own. And for the family member/friend we care for, their independence is further diminished by having to depend on us to do something as seemingly simple as leaving home for a short excursion.
There are solutions to this that come in many forms. Various municipalities offer transportation resources. These are typically very restrictive, leaving many with options that only allow transportation within city limits and during certain times of the day. Also, appointments have to be scheduled with at least 48-72 hours notice. Despite this, the cost is often affordable if you are willing to compromise.
Taxis and bus services can be good resources, but only if you trust this form of transportation. If your loved one has specific cognitive challenges or has an illness or ailment affecting mobility, these are most likely not the best options.
Ridesharing or transportation networks like Uber & Lyft can be good options as well. But, often you are left with knowing nothing about the person that picks your loved one up. And, again, if your loved one has mobility and cognitive challenges, you may be in the market for a specialty service that caters to these specific needs.
If you are looking for a service that you can trust with not only getting your loved one to where they need to go, but also with caring for your loved one while understanding their specific needs, it may be best to look into a company like Xpress NEMT, Inc. or a similar company. Drivers for (reputable) companies like these offer special training and credentialing that rideshare companies, taxis, bus services and even most city services don’t provide. Drivers are trained on providing service under ADA laws, caring for passengers with chronic illness, Alzheimers and Dementia and other challenges, and transporting wheelchair bound patients safely.
Call 1-877-476-4811 for help with finding the best resource. Whether or not you can use our service we can point you in the right direction.
About Xpress NEMT, Inc. (www.xpresstransportation.com)
We have provided specialty transportation services to Metro Detroit for over 14 years, completing hundreds of thousands of trips for area residents. We specialize in options for passengers who have mobility challenges due to chronic illness, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Alzheimers & Dementia, and other Cognitive & Intellectual Disabilities.