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
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.
1202 W. Shelly Court, Orange
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
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
BUENA PARK 739-1180
COSTA MESA 542-2330
DANA POINT 496-4623
EL TORO 496-4623
FOUNTAIN VALLEY 530-8562
GARDEN GROVE 530-8276
HUNTINGTON BEACH 530-8562
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
SAN CLEMENTE 496-4623
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO 496-4623
SANTA ANA 530-8562
SEAL BEACH 530-8562
VILLA PARK 530-8271
YORBA LINDA 937-0584
(All numbers are in 714 area code)
Local Volunteer Transportation Services:
Fish of Anaheim
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.