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My mother needs transportation to doctor's appointments etc. for the times that I am not able to take her. She uses a walker and needs someone to hold her walker while she goes down a short step on her front porch. Are there any programs that can help her?

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You can also contact the local public transportation agency and ask if they point to point, paratransit or small bus service. These are low cost transit services, some of which use a "small bus" (not the large, "linehaul" buses) and make shorter trips for people with need to assistance getting in or out, or who are in wheelchairs, or have other needs.

Service is generally lower cost than private sector options. E.g., point to point within 10 miles of my house is $1.00 each way.

Some local senior centers also contract with the local transit agency to use small buses for pick up of seniors for shopping or medical appointments.
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Check with local taxi companies to see if they have some type of senior program and senior discount [that is if your Mom doesn't mind riding with a stranger]. If the taxi knows far enough ahead, they can have the same driver each time.

Or check with your local Agency on Aging to see if there is a senior bus pickup, usually the cost is quite low, if Mom doesn't mind riding a bus [the buses are usually small].
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