Ambulance Services (Non-Emergency):
Do you have trouble getting an immobile elder to and from doctor, dentist, or other appointments?
Aside from most geriatric doctors that travel to visit their patients, it is sometimes necessary to see a specialist that does not provide outpatient visits.
Other than purchasing a custom-made van and installing ramps, there are other options available. Many local ambulance companies offer special programs (which come with discounted rates) for transferring bed-bound or wheel chair bound patients to and from appointments. They generally require an annual fee for membership and charge about half the cost of an actual ambulance transfer otherwise. Rates and fees vary depending on location and the actual ambulance company chosen.
Check with your local ambulance companies to see if they participate in this type of membership program and ask about their rates. Ambulance companies may be listed in your local telephone yellow pages or you can contact your Local Area for Aging at The ElderCare Locator or by calling (800) 677-1116.
Notice: Medicare will generally only cover ambulance transfers in the event of an emergency or if a qualified doctor specifies that it is a qualified emergency transfer.
Disability Transportation & Travel Services:
National Accessible Travelers Database: Comprehensive resource guide for transportation and traveling from the Easter Seals.
The Ultimate Guide to Air Travel with a Disability: An in-depth guide to help you better navigate airports and flights while traveling with a disability.
Travel Accessibility Resources for the Disabled and Handicapped:
Helpful tips, information and links for those with disabilities traveling with medical equipment and medications.
How to Make Flying With Physical Disabilities Less Stressful: A Fully Accessible Guide: Flying With a Disability Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful! Your Travel Can Be More Comfortable and Accessible If You Take Advantage of These Perks. This guide provides accessibility information for the top 15 U.S. airports and the types of services provided for disabled travelers.
Wheelchair Van Rentals:
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