3 Safe Ways To Transport An Elderly Family Member To The Doctor

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3 Safe Ways To Transport An Elderly Family Member To The Doctor

Caring for an elderly parent, in-law, or other family member or friend who cannot get around on their own requires dedication and sufficient time and patience, so that you can attend to their day-to-day needs and give them the love and care they deserve. However, with their own work and family responsibilities, sometimes it becomes difficult for primary caregivers to be present for every trip to the doctor or elsewhere.

Missing a medical appointment is not an option, and other appointments such as a haircut or social engagement or family event cannot always be rescheduled as per your availability. It is in these situations that non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) comes as a lifesaver for busy adults who cannot always accompany senior loved ones for important outings.

Here are some of the ways to transport a senior with limited mobility when you can’t do it yourself.

3 Safe Ways to Transport 

an Elderly Family Member to the Doctor 


Why fret! You can always call a taxi, right! If a senior is medically sound and can travel alone, this is a good option for short to medium distances. However, use a taxi if you are sure that the transit will be safe and comfortable and not pose any risk to your loved one’s health and well-being. For seniors who require medical assistance during transportation, such as a trained nurse or attendant, those who needs assistance in getting into the taxi and to the place of appointment, or those on a wheelchair, cabs are certainly not the right choice.

Medical Vans

These are great for seniors who are not on wheelchair but cannot be left unattended for risk of fall or other mishap. Medical cars are made especially for medical transportation and are therefore equipped with basic medical care facilities. A qualified attendant accompanies the traveler to the destination and back, and drivers of these cars are generally trained in CPR and first aid.

A medical car certainly costs more than a taxi, but it gives you the reassurance that your loved one is being transported in the supervision of a health professional trained to handle any emergencies. The attendant will assist the patient to get in and out of the vehicle, make sure they are comfortable through the journey, and wait beside them while the appointment is in progress.

The vehicles used for this mode of medical transportation generally include vans, sedans, RVs and SUVs.

Medical Vans

Intercity and Interstate Medical Transporters (Mini Trucks)

Medical cars are not the appropriate choice when you need bedside-to bedside Long Distance Medical Transportation, which requires a spacious, ambulance-sized vehicle, such as a Mercedes Sprinter, equipped with the latest medical equipment, medical crew trained to handle the specific medical condition, and comfortable seating and sleeping arrangement for both the patient and the accompanying family member.

For those looking for superior service and willing to pay for it, premier long-distance medical transport vehicles come with an inbuilt bathroom, complimentary meals and drinks, Wi-Fi, entertainment, and plush sleeping arrangements. Some pet-friendly service providers will even let your pet ride along!

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  1. Money still matters at the end of the day.As for caring for elderly mum, its me and my car.

  2. Very nice information.Nicely explained every point.Thank you for sharing this article.