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Senior Transportation

Overview

The Rides for Wellness Program provides rides for older adults, 60 years of age or older, with no other means of transportation to vital medical appointments such as dialysis, chemotherapy, and physical therapy.

The program utilizes Priuses and wheelchair accessible mini-vans for most transportation with larger vans available as needed. 

Rides are provided between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; and on Thursday between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm. Priority is given to those who schedule in advance. It is recommended that you call one week in advance to schedule a ride. The office sends out monthly donation statements where a $2.00 donation is suggested for each trip.

Transportation Dispatch

To enroll as a new client, call: 385.468.3200
To cancel a ride, or for more information about the program call: 385.468.3400

Eligibility

To begin receiving rides:

  • You must be 60 years of age or older
  • Be a resident of Salt Lake County
  • Lack other transportation options
Priority given to low income individuals. Eligibility screening is done over the phone.
To enroll in the program, call: 385.468.3200.

Volunteer

Program Description

The program provides rides for adults, 60 years of age or older, to essential destinations such as dialysis, chemotherapy, doctor visits and prescription pick-up and visits to immediate family in a hospital or nursing home.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer drivers transport seniors to and from essential services using either their own car or a County-owned vehicle.

 

Office support volunteers answer incoming calls, perform data entry and prepare monthly mailings.

Volunteer Requirements

To be a volunteer driver, you must:

  • Possess a current Utah Driver License - Class D
  • Have a good driving record
  • Pass an extensive background check
  • Complete a Defensive Driving course
  • Commit to working at least one 4 hour shift per week


In addition, for volunteers using their own vehicle:

  • Have a reliable vehicle with current registration and inspection
  • Have personal car insurance as required by state law

To be an office support volunteer, you must:

  • Enjoy talking with people
  • Possess basic computer skills
  • Commit to working at least one 2-4 hour shift per week

Training and Support

For drivers, an orientation, including hands-on training, is provided by a seasoned driver. The Defensive Driving course is provided at no cost to the volunteer. Learning Service incentives are also available.

Office volunteers receive on-the-job training working with our transportation dispatch software.

Contact Person

Volunteer Coordinator: Shauna Brock
Telephone: 385.468.3196
Email: Shauna Brock
Address: Salt Lake County Aging Services
Rides for Wellness Program
2001 S State St STE S3-300
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4575

Contact

Transportation Dispatch

To enroll as a new client, call:

385.468.3200

To schedule a ride, call:

385.468.3400

To cancel or reschedule a ride, call:

385.468.3400

Telephone: 385.468.3200
 Email:  slcoagingservices@slco.org
Address: Salt Lake County Aging Services
Rides for Wellness Program
2001 S State St STE S3-300
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4575