Senior transportation data findings from recent transportation survey and focus groups
Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: May 12, 2017
Katy Mason, Larimer County Office on Aging Program Coordinator,  498-7759, firstname.lastname@example.org
A variety of transportation options in the future might be needed
In a new survey of seniors presently living in unincorporated Larimer County, only one-third responded they would continue to live where they do if they were no longer able to drive.
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners were presented with the findings of the Senior Transportation Plan Survey Results Tuesday at their weekly Administrative Matters meeting, illustrating the transportation challenges and needs for seniors living in unincorporated Larimer County.
“The time to look at these things is now --- the demand is coming,” said Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly. “It would be good for folks when they can’t drive anymore to be able to stay in their homes and age in place,” said Donnelly. A final report with recommendations is due near the end of June.
The survey --- a component of the 2013 – 2018 Larimer County Strategic Plan --- was mailed to 1,500 households with 3 contacts in each household. 557 surveys were completed [a 40 percent return] with the results weighted to reflect the older adult community. The survey also included 4 focus groups.
Highlights from the survey included:
· Nearly all survey respondents [98 percent] in unincorporated Larimer County report regularly driving, while 57 percent also said they sometimes get a ride.
· When respondents were asked if they would retire from diving if there were good transportation options in place, one-third said they would.
· If offered the idea of sharing a ride, 60 percent said they would, citing interactions with others in the vehicle as a positive outcome.
· Focus groups responded with the need for a range of services if offered such as fixed route shuttles, volunteer driver programs and demand-based door-to-door services. Attendees in the focus groups were between 66 to 90 year-old ranges. Most drive their own vehicles regularly.