by Denny Lesterson
Getting around the Vegas Valley as a senior can be challenging, but the good news is that there are options for making your way to medical appointments, shopping, and more. As a volunteer for the Foundation Assisting Seniors (FAS), I’ve studied many of these and share some of what I learned.
In Anthem, one of the primary markets for the services FAS provides, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada offers Flexible Demand Response. It’s a door-to-door transit service within the Anthem community. All Anthem residents are eligible to ride.
Rides can be scheduled up to three days in advance, and same-day rides may be available as well. FDR operates from 8 AM to 4 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Cost is only 50 cents per ride, and you must have exact change.
This service is limited to certain days and hours. You can register for it by calling 702-228-RIDE (7433). You can also find registration forms on their website at rtcsnv.com.
Silver Star is a service that takes you to such places as Walmart/Serene or Green Valley Ranch. More information on these programs can be found on this link:
Helping Hands of Henderson is another way to get to important appointments for residents over 60 who are disabled or economically challenged. Appointments for the rides need to be scheduled in advance. This is a volunteer-based program run by St. Rose/Dignity Health and is funded by donations, grants and contributions from those who use the program. To find out more, you can call 702-616-6554 or visit the St. Rose website.
The Vegas Valley Helping Hands provides similar services to the greater valley. They can be reached at 702-633-7264. North Las Vegas has its own James Seastrand Helping Hands. Their number is 702-649-7853. Finally, for those who live in Boulder City, Lend a Hand of BC also escorts BC residents to appointments. Call 702-294-2363 for more information.
The state of Nevada’s Aging and Disability Services Division offers discount taxi coupons to seniors 60 and over or people with a permanent disability. To learn about income guidelines, call 702-486-3581.
Last, but not least, is our own Foundation Assisting Seniors. Driven by volunteers, we are available when possible to take our fellow residents to medical and other appointments. Call our office at 725-244-4200 to learn more.
Each of these organizations welcome volunteers who like to drive and can provide much needed assistance in transportation. Consider contributing and call any of the numbers above and offer your services.