It’s the time of year for holiday parties and family gatherings. For those families with loved ones in a wheelchair, it can be hard to figure out how to include them in the holiday festivities. While attending an event last year, a woman shared with me that it would be the first holiday that she wouldn’t be able to spend with her Mom. Her Mom now required a wheelchair. Mom couldn’t get in or out of the car anymore. For the first time, she wouldn’t be there for Christmas dinner. The woman’s story pulled on my heart and I knew I needed to do some research.
You can find a list of wheelchair accessible taxi cabs by visiting the Transportation page of RIElderInfo.com. Wheelchair taxi cabs charge the standard taxi fare. Cab companies do have specific territories that they are allowed to provide service in.
If you prefer to have greater flexibility on when and where your loved one can go, you might want to consider renting a wheelchair van. Adaptive Mobility in Seekonk, MA rents vehicles that are adapted for individuals in a wheelchair.
There are a limited supply of vehicles so it’s strongly advised that reservations for the cabs and rental vehicles are made in advance.
I’m sharing this information so your loved ones can be home for the holidays.
(In full disclosure I have not used any of these services. They are NOT sponsoring or paying in any way for this information to be shared.)