Aging In Place
As long time readers of my blogs know, aging in place is a vital topic I love to share about. The CDC defines “aging in place” as “The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”
As I've written several times, we are blessed with a wealth of options for Roseville seniors. From active senior living retirement communities like Sun City Roseville and Del Webb The Club At Westpark to terrific independent care facilities like the lovely MistyWood on Pleasant Grove to multi level communities like Silverado Homes at Eskaton Village.
Roseville Seniors Who Can't Drive
How does aging in place work if you are no longer able to drive? That can definitely make things challenging as far as grocery shopping, church, and doctor appointments at the very least! When my dad had to quit driving due to the progression of his Parkinson's Disease, my senior mom was able to drive for them. When she could no longer drive, she had me as her chauffeur.
Nowadays, we live in a day and age when far-flung families are very common. I know there are many Roseville seniors whose kids are living too far away to help daily or even weekly with transportation needs. Are there options to help?
Transportation for Seniors at Silverado Homes at Eskaton Village
There are, indeed, great helps for boomers and seniors who need transportation assistance. Many may live in a senior retirement community that provides transportation services. Silverado Homes at Eskaton Village is a great example. Included in their transport options currently are:
- doctor appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 and 3
- two churches on Sundays
- grocery stores on Monday – they go to a different one each week
Transportation Help for Roseville Seniors via Seniors First
Thanks to their wonderful volunteers, Seniors First provides a great transportation option for all boomers and seniors in Placer County including Roseville seniors.
I enjoyed a delightful chat with their Roseville Transportation Scheduler, Cheryl Durham. She explained that seniors can call them at 916-782-4202 to schedule an appointment for a volunteer to pick them up at home and take them to their doctor's appointment, shopping destination, etc. They will then be picked up when they are done and returned to their home. This is all on a donation basis (as an example, a local doctor or grocery store might be a suggested donation of $5). It is also first come first serve though doctor appointments do have higher priority. You can make your appointment up to two weeks in advance.
Granted, it's not as handy as popping into your car and taking off whenever you want. But in this season of life, things often slow down in a variety of ways – at least for my sweet seniors, both family and friends, so something like this is wonderful. And rare! I, for one, am very grateful for the hard work and lovely volunteering of all their great volunteers!
Aging in Place Can Be Challenging But Do-able
Aging ain't easy! But isn't it great that we live in an area that goes out of their way to support Roseville seniors and help with various aging in place needs, including transportation issues! 🙂
P.S. Speaking of 55+ senior retirement communities – here are some of the latest such homes available for sale – in order of most recently listed. 🙂