6 Affordable Senior Transportation Options

Find affordable local senior transportation that helps seniors stay independent

Seniors need affordable transportation options

Affordable senior transportation is essential for maintaining independence and health.

Without a reliable way to get to doctor’s appointments or buy food and household supplies, seniors can’t realistically remain in their homes as they age.

Social isolation is another big problem for seniors who don’t drive. It causes poorer quality of life and contributes to earlier death.

Having access to affordable transportation keeps older adults connected with family, friends, and their community.

To keep seniors healthy and active, we’ve rounded up 6 local transportation options that help seniors get around.

 

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6 affordable senior transportation options

1. County public transportation services for seniors
Most counties across the U.S. offer free or low-cost public transportation services designed for seniors who need door-to-door rides.

The best way to find these programs is to call your county’s Area Agency on Aging. They’ll connect you with available local programs.

The ElderCareLocator is another way to find local government transportation programs – enter zip code in the search box at the top of the page.

 

2. GoGoGrandparent
GoGoGrandparent is a concierge service that connects seniors with on-demand ride services like Lyft and Uber. These services can have a car at your location in minutes.

Best for: Seniors who are able to get in and out of a car without assistance

Price: Riders pay the regular price for the on-demand ride plus an additional fee for the concierge service. On-demand ride fares vary, but are generally lower than taxi rates.

How it works:

  • Use any touch-tone phone to call the toll-free number and arrange a ride
  • Live operators are available 24/7
  • For safety, rides are monitored and drivers are screened
  • Notifications about the ride are available for family members via text message
  • Walkers and foldable wheelchairs are no problem

 

3. Lyft
Lyft is a popular on-demand ride service that can have a car at your location within minutes.

Best for: Independent seniors who are comfortable using smartphone apps and can get in and out of a car without assistance

Price: Varies, but is generally lower than taxi rates.

How it works:

  • Download and set up the Lyft app on your older adult’s smartphone
  • Use the app to book a ride and pay automatically by credit card when the ride is finished

Special service for seniors: Concierge service (no smartphone required) is available through Lyft partners like assisted living communities, health organizations, etc. Ask local organizations if they partner with Lyft.

 

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4. Veyo
Veyo is a company that partners with insurance companies and health facilities to provide non-emergency medical transportation that’s covered as an insurance benefit.

Best for: Seniors who need transportation to medical appointments and those who need a special vehicle to accommodate a wheelchair or stretcher

Price: Free, if their insurance company offers Veyo as a transportation benefit

How it works:

  • Ask your older adult’s insurance company if Veyo is one of their transportation benefits – if yes, they’ll help you schedule rides
  • Seniors and caregivers can’t sign up for the service or arrange rides – only a health organization partner can arrange rides

 

5. iTNAmerica
iTNAmerica is a national network of senior ride companies that offer door-through-door transportation.

The number of locations is limited, but it’s a great option if it’s available in your older adult’s area.

Best for: Seniors who need assistance in and out of the car and through the door to their destination

Price: Rates are affordable, but pricing varies depending on the local affiliate

How it works: Contact local offices for more information and to schedule rides

 

6. Additional resources

  • Call local senior centers to see if they offer transportation services

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Image: Okotoks

 

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9 Comments

  • Reply April 16, 2019

    Gillian Duhaney

    How do I go about getting paid to look after my senior family member?

  • Reply January 2, 2019

    Michael Cecere

    Many of the links do not work.

    • Reply January 2, 2019

      DailyCaring

      Thanks for the feedback! We found 2 links that needed updating and have made those changes.

      • Reply July 29, 2020

        Diane

        I am 59 years old…have no family or people I know where I live…user.need help.getting rides to shop…I have problems walking too much.
        Yet I do.

        Very painful..
        I live alone and need help..verylow income…and are very lonely…hope someone can reply…I actually by mistake.locked my phone..so can’t register too get a rideonline…only by text or phone call…hope all are staying safe.. thank you..allllll..
        For your service.🌹 and bless you. 🌅. Diane. Hope some one can helpppp me,,

  • Reply December 13, 2018

    Ramona A Arias

    I need help to start in senior transportation. What I need to do?

    • Reply December 14, 2018

      DailyCaring

      It’s great that you’re interested in this. We don’t provide any transportation services so you may want to contact some senior transportation companies in your area to learn more.

  • Reply September 29, 2018

    JAMES

    Thank you sharing this article

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