For the Social Service folks out there, especially ones new to the industry...You're going through your day, feeling pretty good about the issues you're helping with, tasks you've accomplished, and then it happens - someone comes to you for assistance with transportation. Particularly during the holiday season an increase in out-of-the-ordinary transportation arrangements is not unusual. For some communities, this isn't difficult. There's lots of public transportation, a facility van, or special mobility providers. In other areas, especially rural ones, trying to obtain transportation for a resident outside of the normal routine can turn into an all-day event.
Some resources that might help include -
If you have residents who might be needing transportation in the future, the best thing you can do is to start checking on the process now. Dates tend to fill quickly. Many providers have forms that need to be completed and/or cards that will need to be issued. Does the resident need a physician's clearance? Ensure there are proper MD orders in place. Is there a fee? And is the resident aware of any charges prior to the trip?
Need assistance with establishing a workable community resource list? Contact SHC and we'll schedule a visit to continue improving Quality of Life services for your residents.