Medical transportation services are very beneficial to patients in various situations. Non-emergency medical transport involves transport on a vehicle, usually with a paramedic, where the patient is not receiving medical attention while being transported. Other non-emergency situations where someone might use non-emergency medical transport include a patient that is traveling to see family or to a different home during winter months. At times, non-emergency medical transport is used for the transport of patients who are medically stable but are traveling to a location for treatment. Non-emergency medical transport is also used at hospitals to transfer medically stable patients across the hospital campus.
The benefits of non-emergency medical transport, for senior citizens in particular, is being able to forget about the procedure they are going to have. Often times this medical transport is used to bring cancer patients to chemotherapy. Dialysis patients are also transported through non-emergency transportation services. A benefit of this type of transport is that although it is a non-medical situation, these vehicles are equipped with everything needed to respond to a patient who might find themselves having a medical emergency.
Hospitals with large campuses normally have their own medical transport that operates as a shuttle around the hospital campus. If, however, a patient is wanting to hire a transport service, there are usually privately run options to choose from. In the event a patient wants to be discharged from one hospital and go to another for a second opinion, this is a situation where hiring private service will likely be the only option.
Many assisted living facilities have a private, non-emergency shuttle service. This type of transport is non-medical and will generally take residents on shopping trips, or to local events, museums or theaters. These shuttle services also take residents to their doctor appointments. Even when the appointment is over 200 miles away, there is a long distance ambulance there to take you where you need to go. This valuable service is something to consider when looking at assisted living facilities. These shuttles are almost always wheel chair accessible. It is important to consider that although your loved one might not be in need of ambulation enhancing devices, like walkers and wheelchairs, this might change. Finding a facility with which can transport residents who are using such devices is something to consider.
Finally, for families with a disabled loved one, it can be difficult to transport them to family gatherings, like weddings for example. Your loved one will feel much better being transported by non-emergency transport as they will not feel like they have burdened anyone. It helps them maintain a sense of dignity while also taking the stress out of traveling to an event.