Here are some resources to help your loved one accomplish essential tasks
Transportation for Essential Services
In addition, many towns and cities offer free or discounted services for seniors who need transportation for “essential services”—daily errands such as food shopping or non-emergency doctor visits:
Town of Hempstead, Department of Senior Enrichment
http://toh.li/ (Click on Town Resources)
Mini-buses and vans provide seniors with transportation to local senior centers. Additional transportation services provided to senior center members include shopping, banking, swimming at Echo Park, and special events.
Friends in Service to Humanity (FISH))
FISH of Wantagh utilizes volunteers to provide transportation to residents of Wantagh, North Wantagh, Bellmore and North Bellmore. Priority is given to medical transportation needs.
Town of North Hempstead, Project Independence
For seniors ages 60 and older, food shopping buses serve most communities. Discounted taxi rides are provided for non-emergency medical appointments within the town. Some bus transportation is also available to senior centers and Town-sponsored recreational events.
Town of Oyster Bay, Senior Citizens Division
www.oysterbaytown.com (Click on Departments, then Community and Youth Services)
Shopping bus to malls and food stores is available in some communities (call 516-797-7900).
Non-emergency medical transportation is available (call 516-922-6422).
City of Glen Cove, Senior Center
Food shopping transportation available (call 516-676-6182). The Medical Transport Program provides free transportation for doctor appointments, physical therapy sessions and any other non-emergency medical visits (call 516-676-2846).
City of Long Beach
www.longbeachny.gov (Click on For Our Seniors)
“Shoppers Special” (half fare) transportation for seniors (call 516-431-4445). Non-emergency medical transportation available for seniors living in the Long Beach area.
Town of Babylon, Department of Human Services
www.townofbabylon.com (Click on Senior Citizens)
631-464-4340. ext. 200
Transportation available for supermarket shopping and non-emergency medical appointments (including physical therapy) within the town (call 631-422-7618 or 631-893-1056).
Town of Brookhaven, Senior Citizens Division
www.brookhaven.org (Click on Departments)
The Jitney Transportation Program is a shared ride, curb-to-curb service available to seniors age 60 and disabled residents. Weekday transportation within the town ($3 round trip fare) is provided for doctor appointments and shopping (call 631-451-9081).
Town of East Hampton, Department of Human Services
www.ehamptonny.gov (Click on Human Services)
Weekday transportation is available for seniors age 60 and older and disabled residents for food shopping, non-emergency medical appointments and town programs for seniors (call 631-324-4443).
Town of Huntington, Senior Division
www.huntingtonny.gov (Click on Services, then Seniors)
Huntington Area Rapid Transit (HART) operates four bus routes within the greater Huntington area, which connect with neighboring bus systems operated by Suffolk County Transit and NICE. Buses are handicap-accessible and connect seniors with places of interest, including the Huntington Senior Center. Seniors, individuals with disabilities and Medicare cardholders are eligible for reduced fares. (call 631-427-8287; www.huntingtonNY.gov/hart).
Town of Islip, Senior Citizen Services Office
www.townofislip-ny.gov (Click on Departments, then Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs)
Weekday non-emergency transportation provided to medical and health care facilities, government services and food shopping within the town during the week. Service for disabled persons also available. (Call 631-224-5686.)
Town of Riverhead, Senior Citizen Department
www.townofriverheadny.gov (Click on Divisions & Departments)
Dial a Ride (DAR) transportation provided for seniors with no other means of transportation to
daily activities at the Senior Center, medical appointments and shopping in the town.
Call 631-722-4444 Ext. 290 or 292.
Town of Shelter Island, Office for Senior Services
www.shelterislandtown.us (Click on Departments, then Senior Summary)
Senior transportation program provides free transportation to those age 60 and older for
medical appointments, food shopping, pharmacy needs, and other errands. (Medical appointments take priority.) Rides for on-island and off- island needs must be arranged in advance (call 631-749-1059 between 12:00p.m.-3:00p.m.
Town of Smithtown, Senior Citizens Department
www.smithtownny.gov/ (Click on Departments)
Transportation for residents age 60 and older with no other means of transportation are available for grocery shopping and other errands. (Cost is $1 each way.) Reservations must be made a week in advance. Call 631-265-8811 or 631-265-8826.
Town of Southampton, Senior Services Division
www.southamptontownny.gov (Click Town Services)
631-728-1235 (Hampton Bays Senior)
Residents age 60 and over and disabled individuals can use the weekday Senior Shuttle transportation program for basic services such as shopping and banking, non-emergency medical visits, and trips to governmental agencies. Call 631-728-1110.
Town of Southold, Human Services Department/Senior Center
www.southoldtownny.gov (Click on Government, then Departments)
Transportation available to the Human Resource Center in Mattituck for weekday Congregate Dining Program lunches.
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