Volunteers Needed to Drive Seniors to Medical Appointments

Foundation for Senior Care seeking volunteers for its Expanded Rides Program

Expanded Rides volunteer Bruce Summers
For the past twelve years, Fallbrook resident Bruce Summers has used his own car to drive seniors and disabled adults to medical appointments outside the Care Van’s service area of Fallbrook. As a volunteer driver for the Foundation for Senior Care’s Expanded Rides Program, he enjoys conversations with his passengers and knowing he is providing a greatly needed service.

Fallbrook – January 24, 2017     The Foundation for Senior Care is seeking volunteers for its Expanded Rides Program which provides rides to seniors and disabled adults to medical appointments outside the Foundation’s Care Van service area of Fallbrook in the volunteers’ own vehicles.

The Expanded Rides Program was previously administered by the Fallbrook Hospital Auxiliary as their Courier service and is now one of several critical services for seniors provided by the Foundation for Senior Care.  It covers residents of the greater Fallbrook area to locations through most of Northern San Diego County, and the Temecula and Murrieta areas of Southwest Riverside County. Since it’s inception in early 2015, the program has provided over 800 rides.

“Most rides take three to four hours roundtrip,” said Alyce Guerrero, the Foundation’s Transportation Scheduler. “The driver and passenger usually chat during the drive to and from the medical appointment so it’s a pleasant experience for both of them. Volunteers choose the days and hours they’re available, and seniors call to schedule rides at least five days in advance so both the driver and passenger know ahead of time they have a committed time together. It’s an essential service to seniors and disabled adults who can’t drive, and our volunteer drivers just feel really good knowing they’re making such a valuable contribution and possibly even making a new friend.”

For safety, prospective volunteers will be fingerprinted, background checked and will have their car inspected.

To apply as a volunteer driver or to schedule a ride, call 760-723-7570.

Learn more about The Foundation for Senior Care at http://www.foundationforseniorcare.org.

 

ABOUT:

The Foundation for Senior Care is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that serves the needs of seniors and disabled adults in Fallbrook. In addition to transportation services, the Foundation for Senior Care also offers Adult Day Care services at “The Club”, senior advocacy and care services navigation and a Computer Learning Center. The Foundation depends on business and individual donors to provide these essential services to the community. It is located at 135 S. Mission Rd. in Fallbrook, CA. Tax ID 95-3389263

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