Handing over car keys is never easy to do

May 17, 2019 GMT

It’s a touchy subject for many, and it was not that long ago that when the day came for a senior to turn over their car keys, that it meant a loss of freedom, possible isolation, and loneliness. Today, there are so many transportation options — from Uber, Lyft, taxies, Metro, and private senior transportation companies — that no senior, even if they are wheelchair bound, or have difficulties getting around, should think they are “stuck at home.” Moreover, most retirement communities provide transportation for their residents, a great benefit of living in those communities.

All of these options mean seniors can continue living a full life. They can be as busy — or busier — as always.


Also, for seniors in need of transportation for medical appointments, there are also a number of options besides the ones named above, such as AmeraSolutions, www.amerasolutions.com.

“We provide medical transportation throughout Houston, for doctor’s appointments, outpatient surgeries, non-emergency and air ambulance for all ages. For those who are wheelchair bound, we provide transportation for wherever someone would like to go. Our staff and drivers care, are compassionate, knowledgeable on the best transportation options for someone, be it a regular car, van, ambulance or air,” said Tanya Harrison, business development, AmeraSolutions.

Also, MedBridge Transport, offers a senior transport service, with 24/7 transportation to/from medical facilities, events, airport departures and arrivals, and personal errands. About 86 percent of their clients are wheelchair bound, but all seniors are welcomed. Their website is https://medbridgetransport.com/.

For seniors who have difficulty getting about, there is MetroLift. Their website for more information and scheduling rides is https://www.ridemetro.org/Pages/METROLift.aspx.

Fort Bend County also has its own bus services, and offers door-to-door transportation for senior citizens. www.fortbendcountytx.gov/government/departments/county-administration/public-transportation.

Moreover, one of the advantages of living in a retirement community is that it can offer transportation to residents, which is often complimentary.

“We offer transportation anywhere residents want to go, within a 10-mile radius of our community at 4141 Braeswood Blvd. Being centrally located like we are, anything and everything someone may need or want is close by,” said Michelle Watkins, director of marketing, Brazos Towers, Houston.

Parkway Place also offers helpful transportation to residents.

“We provide transportation to scheduled doctor’s appointments as well as scheduled rides to Kroger, Walgreens and local banks. We also have outings such as Astros games, lunch bunch, museums, day trips and more,” said Linda Fitzhugh, director of resident engagement at Parkway Place.

So, the lack of car keys doesn’t have to stop you for enjoying life. Spring is here and summer is approaching, and there are so many wonderful things to see and do in and around Houston.