As we continue through Senior Independence Month, it is important to remember that you don’t have to plan your transportation alone. Your family and friends, and of course ChORUS, are here to help you.
If, or when, you need to start thinking about alternative transportation, it is a good idea to include those closest to you. People who are already familiar with your schedule and activities will be a great asset.
Sit down with your loved ones and go through the ChORUS Older Driver Transportation Planning Tool. This guide can be accessed online or printed.
It is used to develop a plan with your loved ones to explore alternatives, familiarize yourself with transportation options, and use transportation options to remain independent.
These options might include public transportation, rideshares, or planning carpools with family or friends. You can utilize the Transportation Budgeting Tool if you are looking into public transportation or rideshare apps to plan for future costs.
Before diving straight into alternative transportation, your own vehicle may adapt to your needs to help you drive safer and drive longer. If you don’t know where to start, a Driving Rehabilitation Specialist can perform a driving assessment and help you get an idea of where to start. Our What to Expect When You Are Referred to a Driving Rehabilitation Specialist can help you get started.
Once you know the options you have, you can start planning for when or if you make the switch. Knowing the signs for if you are safe on the road will be a great help in discovering where you are on your independence journey.
In taking these steps to prepare you and your loved ones for when or if you hang up the keys, it will be clear that it is possible to remain independent while making safe road decisions. If you have any questions or comments, reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook! We will be continuing to share resources throughout the month.