Seniors’ Transportation

Seniors’ Transportation

Seniors’ Transportation

It can be difficult when your loved one can no longer drive themselves around. Whether it’s traveling to the store, a social event, or to a doctor’s appointment, finding safe and reliable transportation can be a hassle.

With Retire-At-Home, your loved ones don’t have to miss out on any of the activities they adore. We’ll provide safe transport and enjoyable companionship at their favourite events, arts and cultural programs, social and charity functions, religious services, and more.

Our caregivers can also provide transportation to and from the hospital, doctor’s office, or treatment center, as well as services and support while there. In addition, we will help your loved one pack for visits and run errands on the way.

Driving Options and Related Costs:

When it comes to costs of transportation, and ensuring proper vehicle insurance is in place, there are a few important notes to consider. Caregivers can accompany clients on outings and appointments in 3 different ways:

1. Accompanying the client in a taxi or other third-party transportation company.

  • When a caregiver accompanies a client in a taxi, the client will pay the normal cost for the caregiver’s time.
  • The client also pays for the cost of the taxi.
  • If arranged in advance, the Retire-At-Home caregiver can pay for the taxi, and the cost can be added to the client’s regular invoice. There is no upcharge on the taxi cost from Retire-At-Home.

2. Driving the Client in the Caregiver’s Vehicle

  • Many of our caregivers have a vehicle that they use to get to and from work. Just because a caregiver has a vehicle, does not mean they have the proper insurance to drive a client as a passenger.
  • If a client would like to have a Retire-At-Home caregiver drive them to and from appointments in the caregiver’s vehicle, Retire-At-Home will ensure the proper insurance is in place before booking the shift for an outing.
  • When caregivers use their own vehicle to drive a client, the client will pay the normal hourly rate for the caregiver, as well as a modest per-kilometer charge to cover gas and wear-and-tear on the vehicle.
  • Retire-At-Home has a special waiver form that must be signed once in advance of taking this service.

3. Driving the Client in the Client’s Vehicle

  • Many seniors own their own vehicle, but are no longer capable or willing to drive it themselves. If the client chooses, the caregiver can drive their vehicle for the outings and appointments.
  • In situations like this, Retire-At-Home will request a copy of the client’s vehicle insurance which will cover additional drivers.
  • Retire-At-Home will obtain a copy of the caregiver’s valid drivers’ license.
  • The client will pay the normal hourly rate for the caregiver, and there are no additional charges to the transportation.
  • Retire-At-Home has a special waiver form that must be signed once in advance of taking this service.

We also provide extended travel escort and assistance. We will help fly loved ones to visit family, attend important family events and social functions, or move out of the area. We can manage all of your travel arrangements, assist you through security, and provide companionship when traveling, to ensure that you arrive safely and easily at your destination.

For more information on your options for Seniors’ Transportation Services, please contact our office. We are pleased to help you under all the scenarios listed above.

We offer a wide range of In-Home Senior Health Care Services in Ottawa to help you remain in your home for as long as you wish.

All of our employees and managers in Ottawa are trained to work with you in a compassionate, non-intrusive way. Whether you would like simple companionship or require around the clock care, we will tailor our home care service for you. For more information on our Senior Transportation services please give us a call at 613-798-5111 or email us at info@retireathomeottawa.com

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