For the chronically ill, transportation services to regular appointments can be a godsend. But scheduling these services can be tricky, and they’re not always available or reliable. And when patients miss appointments or when drop off or pick up times don’t align with a facility that’s running behind, it can seriously affect a patient’s health, and even lead to hospitalization.
So how do we fill that gap? By creating a pilot program of volunteer drivers. From college students to faith groups and local schools, there are plenty of community members who would be willing to give patients a ride home in a pinch. By supplementing the system currently in place, no volunteer would be overwhelmed, and patients can have a reliable plan for safe transportation to and from essential appointments.