As we are all well aware, transportation - whether transit, paratransit, taxis or other services - allow people who are disabled or who are old and fragile to remain in their homes, continuing to live in their communities. AARP's new public policy report, Weathering the Storm: The Impact of the Great Recession on Long-Term Services and Supports tracks increased demand and, in some states, reduced expenditures for transportation and other long-term care services and supports (known as LTSS).
Many of these services and supports involve transportation, such as meals on wheels and other food delivery, as well as congregate meals, adult day care, medical appointments, shopping, chore services and personal care. Though spending is down for most LTSS, large increases are seen for meals services, both home delivered and congregate.
State-by-state profiles are available at the bottom of the linked page. A compilation of all of the state profiles is an easy way to review the spectrum of state financial conditions and impacts on services nationwide.