5 things to know on transportation for disabled, elderly

Organization in Arapahoe County holds town hall on options for elderly residents and those with disabilities

Posted 4/24/18

As the Denver metro area continues its population boom and local governments discuss ways to improve transportation options, the Transportation Solutions Arapahoe County council wants to make sure …

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5 things to know on transportation for disabled, elderly

Organization in Arapahoe County holds town hall on options for elderly residents and those with disabilities

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As the Denver metro area continues its population boom and local governments discuss ways to improve transportation options, the Transportation Solutions Arapahoe County council wants to make sure older residents and people with disabilities don't get left behind.

The group, a local-coordinating council for the Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council, held a town-hall event April 18 at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce in Centennial. The gathering at 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, saw members of the TSAC council offering various resources to help residents with disabilities, and seniors, get around in Arapahoe County.

Here's some information from the town hall that can help residents get from point A to point B.

Accessing a ride

Those who live within three-quarters of a mile of an RTD route can call an Access-a-Ride car to pick them up and take them to the pick-up spot for that route. An Access-a-Ride vehicle can also assist if a rider's destination is within three-fourths of a mile of an RTD route.

Riders can schedule a trip in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Subscriptions are also available for riders who make regular trips to the same destination.

To be eligible for the program, a rider must be either unable to get to and from a bus stop, or on and off a lift-equipped bus, on their own; or they must have a cognitive disability that renders them unable to understand how to complete bus trips. A functional in-person evaluation and a physician's statement must verify the disability.

To set up an Access-a-Ride trip or for more information, call 303-299-2960.

Other on-call options

The Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council is assembling a team of volunteer drivers in Arapahoe County to help get young adults who cannot drive themselves to appointments and social events.

Arapahoe County residents 18-26 years old who have intellectual or developmental disabilities can use the free service, called DRMAC Rides.

Drivers who want to volunteer can get mileage reimbursement and free training — and can decide when and where they're able to drive. Volunteers need a reliable vehicle and ability to pass a background check.

For more information on the service or to volunteer, call manager Christopher Shipps at 720-292-3540 or email cshipps@drmac-co.org.

Another option for older residents is the Seniors' Resource Center, which brings riders to medical and dental appointments, grocery stores and food banks, and community-based care programs, as well as local personal trips as space allows.

The Denver metro-area service is free, but donations are suggested. Call 303-235-6972 for more information.

Can't get to the library?

Arapahoe Libraries district offers a home-delivery service that brings materials from the library right to residents' doors. Patrons who have temporary or long-term physical or mental disabilities, or who lack transportation — regardless of age — can use the service.

A staff member or volunteer can deliver the materials, or the district can send the materials through the United States Postal Service. The district pays for postage for both the delivery and return of materials.

For more information, call 303-542-7279 or visit arapahoelibraries.org/home-delivery.

Keeping seniors driving

The Reaching Older Adult Drivers (ROAD) program provides “CarFit” checkups to help older drivers be safer on the road and fit their cars for more comfort and control.

Factors like seat positioning and side-mirror settings can make all the difference — that's what the program can help tailor. The 20-minute checkup is free.

Call 303-991-5740 to make an appointment. CarFit was created by organizations including AAA and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), according to a representative at the town hall.

One-stop shop

The amount of options for transportation can be overwhelming — but one resource puts it all in one place. The DRMAC Getting There Guide identifies dozens of options that may work for residents in the metro area. To read the guide, go to drmac-co.org/getting-there-guide/.

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