Jim McAleer
CEO, Alzheimer’s Orange County

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Goal: Conduct a data review to identify top transportation needs and explore innovative options. Present the findings at an OCSPA Summit.

Participating Organizations: 211OC, ABRAZAR Inc., Age Well Senior Services, Alzheimer’s Orange County, City of Brea, City of Buena Park, City of Irvine, Jewish Federation and Family Services, City of Laguna Woods, City of Mission Viejo, OC Office on Aging, City of Orange, Orange County Transportation Authority, City of Santa Ana, Meals on Wheels OC, City of Tustin, City of Villa Park, City of Westminster

Quarterly Updates

Quarter 1
July – September 2017

  • OCSPA staff working on gaps analysis – Xuan Tran, Program Specialist, started July 2017.
  • Quarterly meetings will highlight the subcommittee’s areas of interest. The July meeting focused on rideshare services with guest speakers from Ridewith24 and Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s On the Go program.
  • OCSPA was approached by UC San Diego with an opportunity to replicate the San Diego County Referral Guide for Older Roadway Users. Now available on the UCSD TREDS website.

Quarter 2
October – December 2017

  • OCSPA staff working on gaps analysis – starting with a telephone survey to all Orange County cities regarding transportation options for older adults.
  • The December meeting focused Riverside’s volunteer-based TRIP model and exploring the possibility of bringing the model to Orange County (previously piloted with grant funding by SeniorServ in 2012). The low-cost, low-maintenance, rider-focused transportation program enables passengers to recruit their own volunteer drivers who receive mileage reimbursement payments through the passenger. Each month, more than 10,000 trips are provided for Riverside County residents who would not have been able to travel to access needed services or for quality of life purposes. Subcommittee currently seeking legal counsel related to liability.
  • The Orange County Referral Guide for Older Roadway Users was distributed to social service professionals at the Orange County Older Driver Mobility training on March 7, 2018.

Quarter 3
January – March 2018

  • OCSPA staff developed and started data collection on transportation options for older adults. Outreach occurred to all Orange County cities and data is being collected via a telephone survey.
  • In collaboration with the UC San Diego Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program and an OCSPA Transportation Work Group, the Orange County Older Driver Mobility training was held on March 7, 2018 at Alzheimer’s Orange County. There were 45 attendees (majority were senior care professionals).
  • At the training, the “Orange County Referral Guide for Older Roadway Users” was released. The creation of the guide was led by OCSPA Program Specialist, Xuan Tran, MPHc with the input of the Orange County Transportation Authority, Jewish Federation and Family Services Orange County, Orange County Office on Aging, 211OC, ABRAZAR, Inc., and the City of Irvine. The guide contains resources to assist older adults and their family members with questions and concerns related to safe driving. Topics covered include: driving assessments, refresher classes, adaptive equipment for vehicles, and transportation alternatives.

Quarter 4
April – June 2018

  • OCSPA staff continued the telephone survey with all OC cities who have a transportation program for older residents. All findings will be shared with the research team working on the OCSPA Aging Report.
  • Attendees at the May subcommittee meeting heard a presentation from Sally’s Fund in Laguna Beach.

Quarter 5
July – September 2018

  • 211 Orange County provided a presentation on an upcoming web based ride tool called, 211RIDE. The tool is being created in partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority and four other 211’s in the Southern California region. The system is a combined tool that consists of fixed routes and on-demand response transportation. The 211RIDE tool allows users to plan a cross county trip using the trip planner free of charge. 211RIDE is currently in beta testing and is expected to launch in January 2019.
  • Attendees at the August subcommittee meeting heard a presentation from Debbie Ricker, Occupational Therapist at The Adaptive Driving Center.

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