Did you know that nationwide no-show rates for doctor appointments range between 5% and 50%? While cost is often a common factor in the decision not to go, not having reliable transportation also affects many seniors and hinders their ability to receive an appropriate level of care. Since fines for missed appointments and lack of insurance help may be given as a penalty, finding a way to ensure you don’t miss your doctor’s appointment is critical for maintaining physical and financial well being. If you are having trouble getting your appointments, here are 4 tips to help you stay on time!
Plan Your Transportation in Advance
One of the biggest reasons that seniors are not able to find reliable transportation to their doctor’s appointments is that they wait until the last minute. By this time, many reliable transportation providers are pre-booked and family members may have other plans that interfere with their ability to help. As soon as your appointment with the doctor is booked, take the time to schedule a pickup and drop off as needed to ensure you are ready the day of your appointment and have do not have to scramble to find a ride.
Keep Your Doctor Up to Date
If any unforeseen problems come up in advance of your doctor’s appointment, be sure to reach out to your practice or clinic to let them know if a reschedule may be needed. Calling in advance to notify them allows them to reopen the slot for new potential patients that may be looking for an appointment. Many times, this can also help limit the chances of you having to pay a penalty associated with a missed or canceled appointment.
Be Prepared the Day Of
Transportation providers are often on tight schedules that require them to pick and drop off several people throughout the day. It is important to ensure that you are prepared on the day of your appointment to minimize delays that may occur. This means being ready and waiting for your transportation provider to arrive and help you enter the vehicle if needed. As more than just a kind gesture, being prepared can help the whole day and doctor appointment go much more smoothly.
Call Deano’s Senior Transit
As a locally owned and operated senior transportation provider, Deano’s is committed to helping Tulsa’s aging population make their doctor appointments and receive the care they desperately need in many cases. We utilize specially built wheelchair accessible vehicles called MV1s, fitted with the latest technology to provide a safe and reliable experience from the moment our car arrives to the moment it drops you off at your final destination. Let us help you make it to your most important appointments comfortably!
Why Choose Deano’s Senior Transit?
Deano’s Senior Transit is committed to providing affordable, safe, and comfortable transportation for seniors. With free Wi-Fi and 12-inch screen displays, you are guaranteed an enjoyable ride no matter what the distance is. If you need senior transit services, give us a call at (918) 973-3321 or contact us today!