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Medicar/Paratransit service?

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My 4yo DD has occupational therapy once/wk.  It is on the other side of the city.  The OT is fabulous.  Her only appointment slot is at 8am, and we waited for a long time to get this slot. 


It takes us 2 hours to get there, meaning we all wake up at 5am, get on the bus, train, and another bus during rush hour.  My husband cannot take off of work this day.  My 4yo has severe social anxiety which makes public transit extremely difficult for the both of us, and stressful for her.  I have to drag my 2yo along as well, and it's a lot of work.  I spend 4 hours of total travel to get to a 1 hour appointment.  My MIL is an unreliable source of transportation- we were half an hour late the last appointment and she blew me off today.  The appointment before last we had to cancel last minute because we all caught a stomach bug.  I don't feel I'm in very good standings with this OT.. I need to be getting to these appointments.  DD's stress during transit results in a less than productive OT session, and she's stressed out for the rest of the day.  

I was wondering if anyone has ever used a Paratransit/Medicar service.  I don't even know if this is available to children with minor things going on.  Her only diagnosis is sensory processing disorder, because we are on waiting lists for everyone else.  Bipolar and Aspergers or some sort of ASD is suspected, but she needs another full eval for that and again, we're on a waiting list.


If that were to work out, I'm concerned with dragging two car seats along.  My DD1 is booster trained so I'd for sure do that, but would they allow me to install a car seat for my other DD, even if she isn't the patient?


Anyone gone through this?  Or anyone able to offer up some tips?


Also, we have medicaid.  Would I talk to the OT about this?  The family doctor who referred us?  The paratransit service itself?

post #2 of 5

WindyCityMom...I am in Chicago as well...do you go to OT at a hospital.....the hospital near me I know has a pickup service for those that are unable to drive ......otherwise I think that you could ask the OT for info and see if there is anything like that available ?

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It is part of a hospital but in its own standalone building.  The hospital is part of is right near it.  I'm going to call their office as well as the one of our family doctor tomorrow and see if they offer anything (same hospital group).  Their website doesn't give any clues as to whether or not it is offered, though.


Right now I'm in the process of getting my learner's permit to drive.. I'm still studying the rules of the road book.  My DH will not take me driving until I have the permit, but I'm hoping me taking our vehicle once/wk will be a possibility in the near future.

post #4 of 5

I would definitely look into the hospital itself. Doing a quick google search I found this page: http://www.hfs.illinois.gov/transportation/122303_nonemergency.html  - It seems non-emergency medical transportation through IL medicaid is provided by First Transport, Inc. 

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Thanks!  Unfortunately I don't live in any of those counties.. going to discuss it on Thursday when we see the OT again.  Things have been crazy busy...

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