Paladin Transportation Offers Independence to the Elderly and Disabled

Written by Mandy Haack on January 3, 2019

When we reflect on seniors and disabled living, we realize an essential aspect of their lives often gets overlooked: transportation.

Thankfully, Paladin Inc. is doing something about that in the LaPorte County region by offering these services to those in need. Paladin’s Transportation Program provides service to elderly and disabled residents and includes transportation to those coming to and from their facility for services.

Mari Chapala, the Transportation Coordinator at Paladin Transportation Services, works firsthand with clients and understands the true transportation need in her region.

“We see a lot of seniors in their homes and not in the public transit system,” Chapala said. “There is an extreme need in LaPorte County, and for seniors especially.”

There is a vast list of facilities that are accepted by Paladin for transportation:

Paladin makes transportation accessible and easy through their various types of payment for their services:

To schedule a ride please call Paladin’s office at (219) 326 - 7889 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to fill out a short application over the phone and to schedule your ride reservation. Paladin requests appropriate notice but will make every effort to help out a person in need.

Clients traveling in a wheelchair must have a ramp accessible if stairs pose an obstacle. Most vehicles are equipped with a lift as well as door to door assistance. Additionally, a client in a bariatric chair must have a companion to ride along and assist. Companions are encouraged and able to ride alongside a loved one free of charge regardless.

If one thing is certain, it’s that these services provide a sense of freedom to clients and give them the ability to do things they were unable to do before.

“Going places is challenging,” Chapala said. “Our service provides independence.”

For more information about these services, please visit Paladin’s website at Paladin Inc. is grateful for those who volunteer and donate such as Franciscan Alliance, REAL Services, Healthcare Foundation of La Porte and Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation.  To contribute, click here.