‘Wheels’ program important for seniors

This week, Washington County Commissioners voted to continue a pilot program that provides transportation to senior citizens who need a lift to a doctor’s appointment, the bank, even the grocery store.

The Senior Wheels program operates with 55 volunteers and comes under the oversight of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Senior Wheels is funded partly through $10,000 from Washington County’s senior levy as well as some grant money.

We’re glad to see the program will continue with some local support. It’s an important service, especially in a rural area like ours where there is not widespread public transportation available. Washington County is home to an aging population, and it will be important now and for years to come that senior citizens have the services they need.

Volunteers use their own vehicles but are reimbursed for gas. Vehicles are inspected and the Ohio Highway Patrol conducts background checks on the volunteer drivers.

We hope this service continues to be used by those who need it most. Using the service is free, although donations are accepted. You can schedule a pick up by calling the O’Neill Center at 373-3914. To volunteer as a dispatcher or driver, call RSVP of Washington County at 373-3107.