If you’re in need of medical transportation, you’ll be pleased to know you have several options. Services are based on your degree of mobility and urgency. Below you’ll learn what’s common to transport services and the ways they differ. You’ll also find tips for how to schedule pick-up. Specifically covered are non-emergency, emergency, long-distance, private, and Medicaid services.
Rest assured that whatever type of ride you need, you’ll be treated with TLC. To aid you in quickly finding information, this missive uses a question-and-answer format.
What is non-emergency transportation?
This service is for people requiring skilled medical assistance while in transit. Individuals are medically stable, without the need for rapid transport to an emergency facility. They may have mobility challenges that make conventional travel difficult.
Medical equipment is available that isn’t commonly present in ordinary vehicles. Non-emergency conveyors are designed for comfort. This is in contrast to ambulances, which are equipped for storage, efficiency, and speed.
What types of vehicles are used?
Dispatched vehicles are tailored to your mobility and medical condition:
- Ambulatory – This vehicle is used if you’re able to walk and need minimal assistance entering and exiting.
- Wheelchair – If you need to travel in a wheelchair, a van equipped with a lift is sent. Your wheelchair rolls onto a platform that raises you to the level of the door.
- Paralyzed – A paratransit vehicle is provided. This is a mini-bus that accommodates a paralyzed individual or person requiring specialized medical attention. It features a heavy-duty wheelchair lift and wide-opening doors.
What other special features do vehicles have?
Full-size, adjustable stretchers accommodate all positions. Fastening systems ensure safety. Continuous oxygen is available for people with respiratory difficulty. If oxygen is required, you will need a doctor’s order since oxygen is considered a prescription drug.
How are vehicles staffed?
A highly-skilled nurse will accompany you, monitoring your vital signs and keeping you comfortable. If you need bedside-to-bedside transfer, a trained team will provide assistance. Vehicle drivers have experience with medical conditions and the particular care involved. Some transporters hire paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) as drivers. There will always be personnel with you who are certified in CPR and First Aid.
Can I specifically request a male or female crew member for hands-on care?
Yes. The more advance notice you give, the greater the likelihood that your request can be fulfilled at the time you need.
What type of care is provided for people with special needs?
Trained staff empty Foley catheters, operate feeding tubes, administer oxygen, and change diapers. They know how to safely lift, turn, and transfer passengers. People on restrictive diets, such as soft, pureed, or diabetic, are fed appropriately.
What is the range of destinations covered?
Services include transportation to and from:
- assisted living facilities
- burn centers
- cancer treatment
- day treatment facilities
- dental care
- doctor appointments
- dialysis treatments
- hospice care
- nursing homes
- optometry visits
- outpatient surgery
- physical therapy
- senior centers
- social outings
- wound clinics