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Appointments You Should Never Miss

A lack of transportation remains one of, if not the leading reason why senior citizens miss out on important doctor appointments. Though there are times when appointments may need to be missed, there are certain ones that should never be missed.

Routine checkup appointments may not seem all that important, yet they’re among the most reliable ways of detecting something before it turns into a major health issue. Whether it’s checking blood pressure, examining the lungs, or the skin, seniors may wish to make a routine checkup a top priority.

Identifying Manual and Transport Wheelchairs

At iTransport, we often work with clients that are wheelchair bound needing transport to and from a doctor’s appointment, to do groceries, or otherwise. In some cases, passengers may require the use of a manual wheelchair or a transport wheelchair, so it’s worth understanding how these two differ.Transport wheelchairs are designed for the person to be maneuvered around by a caregiver while manual wheelchairs are designed so that the individual can move around as they wish. Manual and transport wheelchairs are easily distinguished by their wheels.

Reliable Transport for Dialysis Treatment Sessions

When a person is just beginning to receive dialysis treatment, self-transportation isn’t always a viable option. It may take a couple of weeks before a person adjusts to the treatment and feels ready to drive themselves to their appointments. There are several reasons why it may be a wise decision to go with a non-emergency medical transportation service if you are receiving dialysis treatment, besides being able to make it to all of the important appointments. Let’s explore a few.

Driving and Signs of Dementia

Dementia is a common brain disease that typically leads to Alzheimer's disease. As people get older, there are greater odds of developing dementia, which may eventually affect a person’s ability to drive safely. Thankfully, there are several warning signs you can look out for that may signal the need to arrange another type of transportation for your loved one versus them risking their lives while being on the road.

Transportation May Lead to Improved Mental Health

As seniors get older, it becomes even more important to ensure they remain in good mental and physical health. Part of this means ensuring that your loved ones do not have to deal with feelings of loneliness or isolation, which may happen if they are unable to drive. As a non-emergency medical transportation provider, we take great pride in being about to transport people where they need to go to improve their mental health and outlook on life.

Transportation and a Person’s Well-Being

A community’s well-being and health are tied closely to transportation services, especially when it comes to senior citizens. For starters, accessibility and mobility are highly important. Take for example someone who is living alone or is part of an assisted living program. Accessibility ensures these people can visit their doctor or take care of important tasks such as purchasing groceries.

When Should a Senior Refrain from Driving?

As senior citizens get older, it becomes ever more important for them to ensure they remain as independent as possible. However, as people age, their coordination and ability to react may diminish which means they become a danger to themselves or others when driving. This, in turn, begs the question, “When should a senior citizen stop driving?”

Traveling Long Distance

Each transportation company has its own definition of what constitutes long-distance transportation. For one company, that could mean a trip that’s at least 150 miles. Long distance transportation for medical purposes is generally available to those that are able to walk as well as individuals that utilize a wheelchair to get around. Bariatric patients can also use the services of a transportation company to visit a county nearby, for example.

Are Transportation Issues Preventing Regular Doctor Visits?

Most Americans pay their physician a visit about four times each year, and that includes senior citizens. As the body ages, however, there are greater odds of developing issues. In the case of seniors, it is advised for them to visit their doctor at least once or twice a year even if they appear to be in perfect shape. As they get older, this number should increase, especially if there any notable changes in mood or overall health.

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