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Transportation Issues While Living at Home

For many people as they get older, the instinct is to stay at home as long as possible. Even if a person at home has visitors, they may still be alone most of the time, especially if they no longer drive. The cost of hiring a driver on top of living expenses may amount to more than the cost of senior living.

Relying on others when you need to go somewhere can be challenging and frustrating. When a person moves into a senior community, however, they gain access to scheduled bus trips to the supermarket, banks, convenience stores, and more, as well as fun outings like theater and restaurant trips. The residents also receive transportation, usually in a car or van, to local appointments for beauty appointments and medical visits.

Many senior communities offer concierge services to schedule medical appointments so that the resident has seamless transportation. Having one’s transportation taken care of in this way may be safer than having elderly drivers on the road.

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents across 50 senior facilities. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.

The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues.