If you help look after a family member, friend or neighbour and they cannot manage without your help then you are a carer. Caring for someone else's needs can be both very stressful and isolating.
If you live in Shropshire and meet the criteria listed, you will be entitled to concessionary travel. The qualifying age for both men and women is gradually being increased to 65 in line with changes to the state pension age for women.
The qualifying age for everyone will reach 65 by April 2018. Between now and 2016 though, the age will rise by two months each month. From 2016 to 2018 the age will rise a lot faster, from 63-65 over the course of 18 months.
Use the following link to work out when you will qualify and to apply for the scheme, according to your date of birth:
Dial-a-Ride and Community Transport
A number of Dial-a-Ride and community transport schemes exist across Shropshire, dependent upon where you live. Dial-a-Ride provides a door to door transport service aimed at enabling those who are unable to use public transport to still remain mobile and able to access key services.
Organisations, such as, Age UK and Royal Voluntary Service also operate a voluntary drivers scheme aimed at providing a door to door service for those in need.
Blue Badge Parking Scheme
The Blue Badge Parking Scheme provides an almost national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties and people who are registered as severely sight impaired (blind) who travel either as passengers or drivers.
Badges will not be issued to people who are temporarily incapacitated, for example if they have a broken leg or are recovering from surgery such as a hip replacement. To find out if you are eligible, and to find out how to apply, follow the link below to Shropshire Council's Blue Badge team:
Travelling to Medical Appointments
You may be eligible for non-emergency Patient Transport Services (PTS). These services provide free transport to and from hospital for people who have a medical need for it.
Your GP or the healthcare professional who referred you to hospital can discuss with you whether you have a medical need for transport.
It is important to state that Patient Transport Services may not be available in all areas across Shropshire.
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