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Some retirement facilities provide rides to residents

July 12, 2004|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Seniors living in some retirement communities and nursing homes have not had to rely on the Chambersburg Transportation Authority to get to medical appointments or to go shopping, according to those facilities.

Menno Haven, Penn Hall, Luther Ridge, The Shook Home and Quincy Village all provide transportation service to residents, according to representatives of the retirement communities.

The authority is scheduled to go out of business Friday after the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced last week that it is withdrawing financial support.

Donna Yeager, a receptionist at the Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chambersburg, said the facility has it own vans to take residents to doctors' appointments and on occasional shopping trips. Some people use transit authority buses to visit friends or relatives at the home, she said.

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"One mother who has a son here is really upset" because the authority's shutdown will make it more difficult to regularly visit her son, Yeager said.

Beverly Freeman, director of the Franklin County Integrated Transportation System, said it will provide husbands and wives rides to visit their spouses in most of the county's nursing facilities, but not other relatives or friends.

Beyond the county transportation system, which requires reservations at least 24 hours in advance, public transportation options are limited.

The telephone directory listed one taxi service in Franklin County, but a call to the Waynesboro, Pa., number resulted in a message that the number was disconnected or was out of service.

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