FACT – Parkinson’s Patient and Caregiver Transportation Needs

Parkinson’s Association of San Diego Partners with Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation (FACT) to Support Parkinson’s Patient and Caregiver Transportation Needs

The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego is pleased to announce a new, pilot program with Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation (FACT) to support San Diego County’s patient and caregiver transportation needs.

Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation, Inc. (FACT), is a nonprofit agency formed in 2005. In 2006, it was designated by SANDAG to coordinate public, nonprofit, private and other transportation services in San Diego County. FACT seeks to improve access to transportation for seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, and the income disadvantaged and fill gaps in existing services.

At the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego, our goal is to ensure patients and their caregivers never miss a PD-related medical appointment, PD-related support group activity and Parkinson’s Association of San Diego special event. By developing this partnership with FACT, we will move closer to achieving this goal.

FACT offers transportation from 7:30 am – 8:00 pm Monday through Friday anywhere within San Diego County. Weekend trips are subject to availability. It is suggested to call and schedule rides 72 hours ahead of scheduled appointments. Subsidized rides are $15 each way within San Diego County. Lower fares can be accommodated for those who cannot afford the full $15 each way. Both ambulatory and accessible vehicles are available. Service animals are permitted.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA TO PARTICIPATE IN PASD/FACT TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM:

  1. Must be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, or a caregiver to a patient with PD.
  2. Must live within San Diego County.
  3. These services are for PD-related physician appointments, support group activities and community events.
  4. Rides must be paid in cash. Credit cards are not accepted. Max out of pocket each way is $15. Round trip anywhere in San Diego County is $30. For those who cannot afford the full amount of the fare (either one-way or round-trip), PASD can assist. When calling 1-888-924-3228 to schedule your ride, indicate how much of the full fare you can afford to pay. This is an honor system designed to help those with PD and their caregivers (caregivers ride for free).
  5. A “no show” rate of $15.00 per one-way trip will be charged for trips cancelled less than two (2) hours before the pick-up time or when a rider is not present at the time of pick-up. THE “NO-SHOW” WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS FEE. AFTER TWO (2) “NO-SHOWS”, A RIDER WILL LOSE ELIGIBILITY TO USE THE SERVICE.
  6. Patients who require assistance to travel must be accompanied by caregiver. DRIVERS ARE NOT MEDICALLY TRAINED.

TO SCHEDULE TRANSPORTATION
Call 1-888-924-3228 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Rides are available 7:30 am – 8:00 pm weekdays. Weekend trips are subject to availability. 72-HOUR CALL AHEAD IS RECOMMENDED. FACT WILL DO ITS BEST TO ACCOMMODATE ALL RIDE REQUESTS.

September 11, 2018