The State of Transportation for Seniors

September 20, 2017

Nearly 20 percent of people ages 75-79 use ride-sharing as their primary means of travel, a study by Transportation for America found. This number rises to 40 percent for respondents over 85. 

In addition, more than 20 percent of Americans age 65 and over do not drive, according to an analysis of the National Household Travel Survey by the AARP Public Policy Institute. Even more people are expected to stop driving as the 75 million baby boomers permanently hang up their car keys.

Access to transportation on a regular basis can mean the difference between a senior successfully remaining in his or her home and community or premature placement in a care facility. 

At On Lok, a pioneer in Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®), participants receive free daily transportation between their home and the PACE Center and to and from doctor and medical facility visits. On Lok drivers are specially trained to assist elderly passengers, including those who use wheelchairs and others with limited mobility. Drivers develop personal relationships with participants and alert direct care providers to changes in mood or health.

On Lok maintains a growing fleet of vehicles, including some vans that feature a Lightning Hybrid System (LHS). These eco-friendly vans are utilized on routes projected to yield the highest cost savings.

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