All across the nation, the population of seniors is growing; and Orange County’s senior population is increasing at an even faster rate than the Nation’s. As South County continues to mature, we need local commitments and solutions to properly address the needs of our growing senior population. One of the most challenging issues for seniors is transportation.
When you no longer own a car, and can’t quite afford that private chauffeur, how do you get to the grocery store or to a doctor’s appointment? One of our priorities at the County of Orange is to provide transportation for those in the most need. For people unable to use regular public transportation, Orange County has various options including Senior Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, OCTA ACCESS, and OCTA’s Senior Mobility Program.
The County’s Senior Non-Emergency Medical Transportation program provides older adults access to non-emergency medical appointments including therapies, dentistry, prescription pick-ups, testing and x-rays.
OCTA also offers ACCESS, a shared-ride service for people unable to use the regular, fixed-route bus service due to functional limitations caused by a disability. OCTA has a formal certification process that follows ADA guidelines. And finally, the Senior Mobility Program provides services to fill gaps between local fixed route buses and ADA paratransit or ACCESS service. Participating cities in South County include Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, and San Clemente.
For more information about OCTA’s ACCESS Service, please click here.
For more information about OCTA’s Senior Mobility Program, please click here.