Carleton-Willard sponsors ‘Wheels of Life’ medical program

March 26, 2008

Bedford Minuteman

Bedford, Mass. –
Bedford seniors who might otherwise go without health care are riding to medical appointments in taxis thanks to the “Wheels of Life” Program sponsored for the ninth year by a donation from Carleton-Willard Homes’ Outreach Fund.

Through the Program, those who need a ride may call the Council on Aging at least three days ahead to request a free ride to a medical appointment. The COA will then arrange for a “Wheels of Life”-funded taxi ride or a volunteer “Friendly Driver.”

We are excited about this continuing relationship with the Council on Aging which shares our mission of serving elders while keeping them at the highest level of independence,” said Barbara Doyle, Chief Executive Officer, Carleton-Willard Homes.

“This generous support of our medical transportation program is genuinely life-saving for many of our town’s most vulnerable Residents. Without it they could not get to their appointments or receive the care they need to stay independently in our community,” said Pat LeVan, Council on Aging Co-Director. In the past, rides have been used to transport elders to chemotherapy, dialysis, and other essential treatments as well as routine doctor’s appointments.

All those who reside in Bedford, are 65 or over, and can get into and out of vehicles unassisted are eligible for the “Wheels of Life.” Rides are available for doctor visits, treatments, screenings, support groups and emotional health appointments, rehabilitation, and other health-related needs.

For more information or to request a ride, call the Council on Aging at 781-275-6825.