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April 8, 2024

On April 7th it was World Health Day.

In this quick read we look at why it’s so important to take charge of our health, we address the fears and barriers faced by older individuals, and how community transport plays a valuable role in helping people to overcome those fears and challenges.

Taking charge of our health is one of the most important responsibilities we have in life. From maintaining physical fitness to seeking medical attention when needed, prioritising our well-being ensures a happier and more fulfilling life. However, this can come with its fair share of challenges and fears.

Getting older comes with many pros and cons; yes, to independence and life experience, but the downside is we need more checks and balances to keep us fighting fit. And this can make us fearful. But being proactive about our health with regular check-ups, screenings, and medical appointments is crucial for early detection and prevention for a myriad of health issues, and it often puts us in more control, not less.  

Face The Fear And Do It Anyway

Fear can play a significant role in deterring individuals from seeking medical care. The fear of the unknown, fear of bad news, or, for people with mobility issues, even fear of the journey itself can create real barriers, as accessing mainstream transport options becomes physically challenging.

This is where community transport can play a vital role. Community transport services, along with other services such as dial-a-ride, provide a lifeline for those who find mainstream transport (buses) difficult to access or private taxis costly. Additionally, unlike mainstream transport, community transport caters to the specific needs of individuals, offering a door-to-door service.

A Game Changer

For older individuals facing mobility challenges, community transport can be a game-changer. Imagine the relief of knowing that a friendly face will pick you up from your doorstep and drive you to your medical appointment. It’s not just about reaching the destination; it’s also about the reassurance and support that often comes with it.

Moreover, the personalised nature of community transport can help alleviate the anxiety often associated with medical appointments. 

Beyond practical transport assistance, community transport fosters a sense of community and belonging. It connects individuals with similar experiences and challenges, creating a supportive network of which people feel part of.

More than A 2 B

In essence, for older people community transport is more than just a means of getting from point A to point B; by addressing the practical barriers to accessing medical care and providing emotional support along the way, community transport services play a crucial role in promoting holistic well-being for all.

We are helping Age UK Kensington & Chelsea and Age UK Westminster to raise awareness on the importance of attending early cancer screenings, so, if you are over 50 and live in RBKC or Westminster book one of our volunteer cars or if you’re a member of Age UK, get in touch with them and let them know you need help. 

Find outwore about Volunteer Cars here

Get in touch with Age UK Kensington & Chelsea here