We provide transportation to Herkimer County senior citizens who are age 60 or older. If the senior citizen needs assistance due to mobility issues or dementia-related confusion, another adult, who may be younger than age 60, may accompany the senior in order to provide necessary assistance. We have wheelchair accessible vans. There is a suggested donation for each ride; these donations help us to cover the costs involved - gas, drivers, repairs, etc. since our state and federal funding does not come close to covering our costs.
All rides are made on a reservation basis. We suggest you call at least a week or more ahead to be added to the schedule; since the price of gasoline spiked, we have seen a tremendous increase in requests for rides. If you are looking for a ride to the doctor and know 2-3 weeks ahead when the appointment will be, call us then! We take seniors to wherever they want to go - medical appointment, shopping, hairdresser, visiting, etc. We pick people up at their door and drop them off where they want to go. When they are ready to go home, they call the Office and we notify the driver that they are ready to be picked up. Because of the demand for service, sometimes they may have to wait a little while for pick-up.
We schedule our first ride of the day at 8:15 AM and the last ride at 2:30 PM. A special run to Little Falls and Dolgeville is scheduled every Thursday & Friday.
To make a reservation, call 867-1121. The first time someone schedules a ride with us we will ask some basic information: date of birth, (statistics, statistics), emergency contact, etc. For every ride we schedule, we will ask where the person wants to go and if they will want a ride back home.
Sorry, but we do not transport to Utica or Cooperstown. We stay within Herkimer County. The demand for services is so high that we cannot accommodate travel to such distances.
We have a suggested donation for each ride that is based on the distance traveled - and is very reasonable. Please see the chart below for suggested donations.
Our service is curb to curb, so no, we can't really help someone out of the house and down the steps to the van. (Our drivers are retired themselves.) If someone needs a lot of help, they can bring someone with them for assistance.
Most rides we provide are in the Valley, however, we will go farther out to pick-up someone in a wheelchair for a medical appointment - but we still stay in the County. Because it will be very time consuming, such arrangements need to be made in advance so we can try to work it into the schedule. We will do our best to provide the ride, but may not be able to always do so.
Yes, you may be able to hire our van to transport your loved one (including weekends or evening) for such things as a wedding, party, or funeral. For these types of arrangements, yes, we may go out of the County. You will be charged for the driver and a per-mile rate. It is also dependent upon us having a driver available.
Suggested donations for transportation Round trip donations:
- Within town $2.00
- Herkimer to Mohawk $3.00
- Herkimer to Ilion $4.00
- Herkimer to Frankfort $5.00
- Little Falls to Herkimer $6.00
- Dolgeville to Little Falls $6.00
- Dolgeville to Herkimer $8.00
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