Disabled Parenting Project Message Boards › Transporting child when I'm disabled
I realize I’m grasping at straws here, but I need to ask: When the parent is disabled, is there any assistance available (in the U.S.) for transporting one’s child for the child’s medical care? I am on Medicare through disability and I know I can get transportation for myself to my own appointments if needed, but my child is on regular insurance through her dad’s job and transportation is not covered on her plan.
I need to get a child who has a serious eating disorder to a partial hospitalization program followed by an intensive outpatient program an hour’s drive away, 5 days a week, expected to last for a period of several weeks (to clarify, she would be at home at night with both programs). I also have another child to care for, including taking that other child to/from school at set times. I can drive but due to my illness I don’t go long distances, at least not regularly (especially not daily), and not for several weeks on end. The child with the eating disorder is currently in residential treatment through the same facility, but when she gets out in a few weeks, I’ve been told she needs to transition through the above programs before she is completely through with treatment, to give her the best chance of not relapsing. If she were on Medicare or Medicaid herself, there would be transportation, but she’s not, and they won’t take private pay for that transportation (even if I could afford it somehow). To pay a taxi or Uber is too much, and I wouldn’t trust this teen with a complete stranger anyway. Child’s dad is at work during the day and is also partly disabled himself (he’s a disabled veteran).
I have an idea there is nothing out there to help, but I’ve been asked by the facility to see if there is some benefit through my own disability/Medicare to getting my child to treatment. Thanks for any input.
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