Links for Seniors Agencies

Training, courses

Volunteer Driver Training

At the  Langley Seniors’ Centre volunteer drivers pick up seniors at their home, take them to their healthcare or other appointment, stay with the person if necessary, and then drive them home again. The Centre’s Volunteer Orientation Manual, based on 17 years experience in the field, provides best practices in the area of volunteer driver training. Janice McTaggart, Outreach Coordinator at the Centre, is available to train volunteers; she can be reached at 604-530-3020, ext 302.

Rural Resources Community Action in Washington State offers a best practices guide for organizations that provide passenger transportation services to persons with special transportation needs, including the elderly. An American context, but some useful information.

The Community Transportation Association based in Washington DC offers links to three basic  guides to starting and maintaining a volunteer driving program.

The Beverly Foundation in New Mexico offers technical materials and resource materials for groups starting volunteer driver programs.

National Seniors Organizations

National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)

NICE is an international network of researchers, practitioners and students dedicated to improving the care of older adults, both in Canada and abroad.

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA)

CCAA develops, encourages and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle for Canadian adults that will enhance the dignity of the aging process.

Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP)

CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to a ‘New Vision of Aging for Canada’ promoting social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination.

Canadian Driving Research Initiative for Vehicular Safety in the Elderly (Candrive)

Candrive is an interdisciplinary health related research program dedicated to improving the safety of older drivers. They are looking for a participants to take part part in a variety of studies across the country.

Other Resources

Statistics Canada

Read the January 2012 Statistics Canada Report on Seniors Transportation.

The Representative for Seniors Act

(Bill M 203) creates The Representative for Seniors to improve systems of care and support for seniors and their families in British Columbia. Click here for more details.

Modo Car Co-op

The fleet management option through Modo is available for seniors agencies participating in STAR.