Last week I attended a forum sponsored by the Orange County Transportation Authority on issues related to senior transportation. As a public transportation authority, part of OCTA’s mandate is to provide assisted transportation services for the elderly and disabled. This is done through a program called Access. You may have seen OCTA’s small, handicapped equipped busses driving around town, those are the Access busses. For those who qualify, an Access trip can be scheduled at specific times for personalized transportation to medical appointments, shopping trips, family visits, etc. Trip fares are at around $6 round trip, and caregivers ride along for free. There are strict income eligibility restrictions, but Access helps provide independence for thousands of seniors in Orange County.

Transportation is also part of the services we provide at Colonial Home Care. When you have a Home Care Aide scheduled, they may drive you to appointments, run errands, go shopping or dive you anywhere you want to go. We verify DMV records for all of our Home Care Aides, and we cover insurance with a blanket policy. Additionally, our Home Care Aides can drive you in your vehicle if you prefer.