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How Reliable Transportation Affects the Quality of Life for Senior Citizens

By Nor Cal Vans Team | January 02, 2020

group of senior citizens having coffeeTransportation needs for senior citizens is increasing and lack of access to mobility options often has a profound impact on their quality of life.

For Assisted living facilities, skilled-care facilities, and retirement communities, having reliable transportation is more important than ever. Being equipped with ADA technology means that the seniors you serve have access to friends and family, health care, and the community. Essentially, you’re allowing them to get out and continue to live their lives.

The Problem

Imagine you’re part of a service club. You attend lunch meetings every week and haven’t missed one in years. You look forward to seeing familiar faces and contributing to your community. It’s the highlight of your week. But recently, life has taken a turn of events. You’re in a wheelchair, can’t live on your own any longer, and recently moved into an assisted living facility. You’re not able to attend the weekly meetings of your organization because you don’t have reliable transportation to get you there. You miss the weekly social interaction and the familiarity of your routine.

This is just one scenario of how accessibility can affect older adults. According to Health and Aging Policy Fellows, by 2030, 71 million Americans (about 20% of the U.S. population) will be 65 and older. These individuals are at high risk for complex health problems, chronic illness, and disability, and they are, and will continue to be, the heaviest users of health care.

If they don’t have reliable transportation, older adults who are no longer able to drive will attend fewer doctor’s appointments, have more limited access to pick up the medication they need, and will go out for social interactions less often. All of these issues affect their quality of life, but they can be resolved by providing a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

The Solution

If you own or work for an assisted living facility, a skilled-care facility, or a retirement community, it’s important to have vehicles equipped with best-in-class features and superior ADA technology so that seniors can get out and live their best lives. The Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect Adaptive Van provides both quality and affordability.

Features of the Ford Transit Van Conversion can include:

  • Easy access with rear/side entry ramps and lifts
  • Customization options allowing you to choose from multiple floor plans with moveable seating and wheelchair positions
  • Wheelchair securement equipment and storage
  • ADA compliant wheelchair support

Not only is ADA compliance necessary, it’s the law and there can be significant repercussions if your business is not compliant.

If you’re in the business of transporting people as a convenience that supports your primary business, then you must also provide the same service for passengers who use wheelchairs or scooters. This is even more important for businesses that serve senior citizens in some capacity because the percentage of people needing wheelchair accessible vans is even higher. Sometimes, their lives even depend on it.

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Nor Cal Vans designs and builds transportation solutions that change people’s lives. We serve a broad range of industries with our innovative new and used van conversion options including government, education, airport/group transportation, non-emergency medical, secure transport, and refrigeration. We’ve been solving transportation needs for nearly four decades and strive to hold true to our values of teamwork, trust, accountability, growth and a positive attitude.

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