Giving up driving is difficult enough for your aging adult, but then learning how to use public transit options can feel far more trying. Here are some ideas for helping your senior to become more comfortable with this option.
The very first thing for you to remember is that your senior may not be familiar with public transportation at all. If she's driven everywhere that she needs and wants to go in the past, then she may not have had much reason to take buses or subways ever before. It can take some time to get used to this new situation.
Ride with Her
It really helps if you know what your senior can expect from this new situation, too. If it's possible at all, go on a few rides with her. You can see, hear, and experience everything that your senior will and it can help you to plan ahead for her a little bit more efficiently.
Hire Elder Care Providers
As much as you might want to do so, you may not be able to go with your senior on these trips. This is when it can be helpful to have elder care providers you can call on. They can go with your elderly family member and ensure that she's safe and that she gets where she is planning to go.
Work with Local Groups
Local groups that work with the elderly often have a wealth of information about products and services in your area that cater to the elderly. Contact a few of these groups to find out what kind of assistance they can offer as you and your aging adult learn how to use the public transportation systems in your area.
See if There's a Training Program
Some public transit agencies offer training programs specifically designed to help elderly adults and their caregivers understand the transportation options available to them. These types of training programs often cover how to access the service, how to arrange to use the service, and anything else that might help your elderly family member to become more comfortable using the service.
After a few rides, your elderly family member may start to feel like an expert with the public transportation options in your area.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elder Care in Calera, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...