Some seniors need help with basic transportation and it is determined by frequency of transportation needs, proximity to public transportation or family members with vehicles, and income all play into local transportation options for seniors aging at home.
Family and friends. Enlisting the help of family and friends to drive seniors is one way to handle some of their transportation needs. Plan a scheduled daily or weekly time when you can take the senior family member where they need to go. Try to be consistent, to help give them a feeling of stability and importance.
Senior drivers. Senior drivers who are still comfortable behind the wheel can drive themselves around. While it's important to keep an eye on what's happening with the senior driver, according to the AARP, it's just as important to allow the capable senior the independence of driving. For capable elderly drivers who want to drive, consider enrolling them in a driver safety course for seniors. When you have reason to believe the continued driving by the senior will result in injury, be firm and caring, while suggesting it may be time to retake the driver's license road test or give up the license.
Independent seniors. Independent seniors who are mobile but no longer driving have the option of using public transportation, where available. Public buses and trains are viable options for the active senior. Discounts are typically available for seniors, which will help keep the cost down.