At East Side Elders, we work to help seniors in Dayton’s Bluff and Payne-Phalen remain in the homes and communities of their choice for as long as possible. One way we help is by providing free transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store, hair salons, the library, and much more. It’s easy to take mobility and transportation for granted, but for seniors, getting around can become more challenging, especially during Minnesota’s harsh winters. If you’ve had to be extra careful on icy sidewalks or had to climb over snow banks to get to your bus stop, then you know that winter makes getting around difficult. Now add a walker, cane, or wheelchair to the equation. Or add a fear of falling because you’ve already broken a hip or shoulder and don’t want to go through that pain again. Now you can begin to understand the challenges of transportation for seniors who no longer drive. Public transportation is available, but seniors still face the challenge of safely getting to the bus stop.
There are many reasons that seniors might need help with transportation, and East Side Elders is here to help! How does it work? The senior – or caregiver – simply gives us a call at 651-683-2326 with at least two business days notice and we coordinate a volunteer to help the senior with the trip. For medical appointments, the volunteer can hang out in the waiting room, or can return when the senior is ready to go home – that choice belongs to the senior. So call us today and see how we can help you or your loved one stay independent on the East Side!