It may come as a surprise that the simple task of driving a car is not an option to many in Fayette County. Getting to essential medical appointments is something that does not come easy to those who are facing serious medical conditions that make them unable to drive. Resources such as Fayette Senior Services are lifesaving to these individuals. FSS offers many services to senior citizens and disabled individuals in the Fayette County community, including non-emergency medical transportation. As the leading provider for low-cost transportation services available in our county, FSS delivers seniors to crucial doctor visits, dialysis, and pharmacy pick-ups on a daily basis. For many, FSS is the only option to get to their life saving treatments at an affordable cost. Jeff Wix, FSS Transportation Manager, shares the impact that one ride has on each person receiving it. “Many of our riders have no other means of getting to medical appointments, social activities or errands. We are constantly being told how much we improve their quality of life through just one simple ride,” shares Wix.
This transportation team transports approximately 400 clients over 1,200 times per month for an average of 250,000 miles a year all over Fayette and surrounding counties in addition to visits into Atlanta and beyond. Finding the right team to make this happen is no easy task, but as many times before, FSS has found the means to make this service a successful reality for our community. The difference it is making for residents in dire need of transportation is unexplainable, for both the clients taking advantage of the service and their families. “Finding Fayette Senior Services was one of the best things to happen to me. It has taken so much pressure off my family knowing FSS will be there each day on time, every time to get me where I need to go,” expressed one of FSS’ transportation clients. With the outpouring support from our community for services such as these, FSS is able to provide rides to our seniors that enable them to age well and live well in the comfort of their homes. Jeff sees firsthand the impact this service plays in the lives of so many. “Seeing the relief of our clients when we arrive and hearing the appreciation of having a reliable and safe ride really puts into perspective how much we take for granted when we can drive ourselves. I constantly hear “thank you so much, I don’t know what I would do without you” and it is apparent how needed it truly is,” he expressed.
As a ride that goes the extra mile, our team has been providing safe and affordable rides to seniors in Fayette County for years and are looking forward to growing in the years to come!