Office for the Aging seeks volunteer drivers to take seniors to appointments
ALBION – The Orleans County Office for the Aging has started a new program matching volunteer drivers with homebound seniors who need transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store and social outings.
The OFA started the program on April 5 and now has 12 drivers and 20 riders. The agency wants to expand the program, said Susie Miller, assistant director. Drivers are entitled to mileage reimbursement and are under the county’s liability insurance.
Seniors often feel isolated and can become depressed and have their health deteriorate if they don’t get to appointments and connect with other people, Miller said.
The agency suggests riders make a $5 donation for trips within the county and $15 outside Orleans, but that isn’t required.
The Office for the Aging also is encouraging seniors to try the RTS public transportation.
For more information about the volunteer program, either as a driver or rider, contact the OFA at (585) 589-3191.