There are many transportation services available in the Johnson County area. Some are free, some are operated by a public agency, while others are privately owned. Each program has its own parameters of service; it is important to learn about each program and determine whether it will meet your needs.
Things to Consider when using Transportation Services
Many services require a reservation made in advance. Some services only provide transport for medical needs such as doctor’s appointments. It is important to know if the service can accommodate clients with mobility aids such as walkers or wheelchairs, and how much assistance they offer their customers. Find out if the driver comes to the door at pick up or if s/he waits at the curb.
Senior adults with memory issues (such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease) may have difficulty using these services by themselves. They may not be able to remember to schedule transportation in advance. Clients also must have sufficient planning skills to prepare themselves for pick up – services may not wait very long for the rider to come to the door or vehicle.
The program administered by Johnson County is called Catch-A-Ride. A list of other transportation providers can be found on the Johnson County Human Services website Aging and Accessibility Directory Transportation page.