Developing a Mobility Action Plan

The goal of the action plan is to keep the older person on the go (“mobile”) in and around the community and connected to the activities that give the person’s life meaning. Ideally, the person who is cutting back on driving or stopping driving can continue to take part in all current activities. But that person may need to find other ways to get to the activity, to get an errand completed, or to find other times to participate in such activities.

Case in Point

William, 79, has been playing cards with a group of friends each Wednesday evening for the past six years. But during the past several months, driving at night has become more difficult because of the glare of headlights. William does not want to ask his son for a ride, public transportation doesn’t run close to his friend’s house where the game is always held, and taxis don’t fit in his budget. Yet William also doesn’t want to give up playing, which keeps him connected with friends and gets him out of the house for one of the few times each week to socialize. After a few phone calls, William works out that he’ll host the game once a month and those other times he’ll bring refreshments to the game in exchange for one of his playing partners driving him to the game.

In filling out the chart below, list all of those activities that fit. Do not leave off events or activities because you believe they are not “essential.” Again, the goal of this action plan is to list needs and find alternative ways, if necessary, to meet those needs. It may be accomplished by changing the times or locations where the activities take place, identifying alternative means of getting to the activities, or agreeing to carpool or share rides to activities. For example, if a person has difficulty getting out to the grocery store, the person should consider the value of having groceries delivered to the house.

Routine Errands

(List activities such as going to the grocery store, the pharmacy, the hairdresser, or the doctor.)

Activity

How You Get There Now

New Ways to Complete Errands

     
     
     
     

Regular Educational, Social or Religious Events/Activities

(List events that happen at least once a month, such as going to an adult learning center, senior center or attending religious services.)

Activity

How You Get There Now

New Ways to Complete Errands

     
     
     
     

Other Community, Social and/or Special Events

(List special events such as birthday parties, community fairs, voting, or events that may happen on the spur of the moment, such as going out to dinner or a movie.)

Activity

How You Get There Now

New Ways to Complete Errands

     
     
     
     

 

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