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Orange County Public Transportation Services For Elderly And Disabled

January 15, 1988|Clipboard researched by Deborrah Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times

Transportation is a major problem for many frail, older adults and disabled people in Orange County.

Based on 1987 projections by the Department of Finance, adults 60 and older will represent 314,207 of Orange County's 2,193,614 total population. In 1987-88, 52,420 elderly residents would be living alone. In 1978, the California Disability Survey reported the county's population at 1,191,000. Disabled individuals 16 to 64 years old represented 98,000, or 8.2%, and severely disabled people made up 67,000, or 5.6%, of the total population.

Eight years later, a countywide needs assessment survey conducted by United Way of Orange County estimated the disabled (including physical, emotional, sensory or developmental problems) at 300,000, or 17%, of the county's 2,193,614 total population.

Jane Mortimer, board member of Sally's Fund, a public nonprofit organization, describes the typical frail elderly adult living in Laguna Beach as "an 80-year-old widowed female suffering from arthritis and having visual and heart problems, who lives alone on a very limited budget or Social Security."

Peggy Weatherspoon, director of the Area Agency of Aging, says: "Nationally, 8% of all older adults are frail, homebound and in need of assistance. Using that norm, we have 25,137 homebound older adults that are completely shut in."

Countywide Transportation Services:

"DRIVE TO WIN" American Cancer Society

Orange County 1503 S. Coast Drive, Costa Mesa

(714) 751-0441

A volunteer program providing free transportation to cancer patients for treatment and medical appointments at Orange County hospitals. Service is limited to residents and locations within county boundaries and is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Requests 48-hour advance notice.

Magic Carpet

1202 W. Shelly Court, Orange

(714) 771-3555

Countywide transportation service for Medical Cal and private passengers. Medical Cal clients are restricted to transportation for medical appointments only and must request service a week in advance. However, private passengers giving a day's notice can be taken to shopping centers, medical appointments and personal errands for a base fee of $45 round trip plus $1.50 per mile. All vans are equipped to accommodate wheelchairs. Transportation is available Monday through Saturday from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Parts of Long Beach are also served.

Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (CTSA)

1000 E. Santa Ana Blvd., 3rd floor

Santa Ana

(714) 972-2872

Provides low-cost transportation seven days a week throughout Orange County for the elderly and disabled, who are over 55 years old or unable to use public transportation. Prospective clients must submit an application. If approved, eligible clients are placed on service registry. CTSA operates Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee: $1 per 0 to 10 miles and $1 for each additional 10 miles. Transportation service requests should be made several days in advance.

Orange County Transit District Neighborhood Dial-A-Ride

(see countywide listing below)

Provides curb-to-curb transportation services by mini-vans and specially equipped hydraulic lift van to the disabled, elderly and developmentally disabled. Dial-A-Ride operates Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee: 50 cents for elderly and disabled traveling within city zones. Other individuals are charged $1.25 for transportation services and $1.50 during peak hours from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Service requests should be made in advance. First-time users should call NEWRIDE or 639-7433. Regular clients should contact their neighborhood Dial-A-Ride office to make reservations.

DIAL-A-RIDE NUMBERS ANAHEIM 530-8276

ANAHEIM HILLS 530-8271

BREA 739-1180

BUENA PARK 739-1180

COSTA MESA 542-2330

CYPRESS 530-8276

DANA POINT 496-4623

EL TORO 496-4623

FOUNTAIN VALLEY 530-8562

FULLERTON 530-8200

GARDEN GROVE 530-8276

HUNTINGTON BEACH 530-8562

IRVINE 542-2330

LA HABRA 530-8200 or 739-1180

LA PALMA 530-8276

LAGUNA BEACH 496-4623

LAGUNA HILLS 496-4623

LAGUNA NIGUEL 496-4623

LAKE FOREST 496-4623

LOS ALAMITOS 530-8562 or 761-1910

MISSION VIEJO 496-4623

NEWPORT BEACH 542-2330

ORANGE 530-8271

PLACENTIA 937-0584

SAN CLEMENTE 496-4623

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO 496-4623

SANTA ANA 530-8562

SEAL BEACH 530-8562

STANTON 530-8276

TUSTIN 530-8271

VILLA PARK 530-8271

WESTMINSTER 530-8276

YORBA LINDA 937-0584

(All numbers are in 714 area code)

Local Volunteer Transportation Services:

ANAHEIM

Fish of Anaheim

(714) 772-6750

Volunteers use privately owned cars to provide free transportation for the elderly and disabled. Service is limited to Anaheim residents who have medical appointments and/or shopping needs within city limits. Drivers cannot accommodate wheelchairs or walkers. Transportation to medical appointments is available Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shopping trips are made Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 24 hours in advance to request service.

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