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Question DetailsAsked on 2/4/2014

Need someone to help take my mom to/from doctor appts, chemo trtmnts in Huntsville AL she lives in Cullman Co AL

My mom has breast cancer. My aunt and I share responsibility in helping her, we both live in different counties and each have several miles to travel to pick her up and take to appts. On occasion we may need someone reliable to step in and help take her to an appt. The travel time from her residence to treatment and/or doctor's offices is approximately 45-50 mins.

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I presume you mean something beyond a cab.

There are medical transport companies that do this - move patients to and from appointments, from hospital to home or recovery clinics, etc - usually have both vans and ambulances, depending on patient's needs.

I would find local names - I am not sure offhand if Angie's List has a separate category for medical transport, but if you google or check with local resources you could then check on Angie's List for reviews.

Where to find local medical transport companies - google, yellow pages, he oncologist's office, family doctor's office, hospital out-patient office or discharge office. You might also check with your local health department - they may have a list of such providers.

The difficult part is while they will schedule pickups, there are commonly delays along the way, so you risk her being stranded for a while at doctor's office - which depending on her frame of mind, physical condition, how hard the chemo hits her and how fast, could be a problem.

Some cab companies will arrange for the same driver to handle transports for a given patient, but 40-45 minutes is one heck of a way for a cab ride, and way too far to go back on a second trip to pick her up, so would means an hour or so of standby time while waiting for her - expensive.

My sympathies and good luck - I went through same thing with two family relatives who needed transport a fair distance for medical treatment.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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