Serving Our Seniors & KILA Partner on “Transportation Project”

Serving Our Seniors and KILA are working together to experiment how they can help Kelleys Island full-time residents (KI is only residence), ages 60 and older, mitigate the financial burden of air transportation off and on of Kelleys Island, when ferry service is not available, to access unanticipated, recurring medical treatment for up to 8 weeks.  

The total funding available is $3,000.00.   Serving Our Seniors is providing $2,000.00 and KILA is contributing $1,000.00 to study the extent of the need. 

Examples of Eligible Conditions that Qualify for Airfare Reimbursement: 

  • Those who are medically stable and do not require the services of emergency medical personnel.
  • Those who are medically stable and require recurring after care due to unexpected complications.
  • Those who are medically stable and require recurring after care following an emergency or unscheduled life-sustaining surgery, i.e., organ transplant.
  • Those who are medically stable and require short-term dialysis.
  • Those who are medically stable and require cancer treatment.
  • Those who are medically stable and require recurring treatment due to a flare-up/change in condition of illness(es).

Examples of Ineligible conditions for Airfare Reimbursement are:

  • Regular maintenance doctor visits
  • Emergency medical attention
  • Dental
  • Planned elective surgery and after care.
  • Long term dialysis

Serving Our Seniors also has a group of volunteers who donate their time to drive Erie County senior citizens to health care appointments.  The volunteers will pick up the client at the Erie-Ottawa airport, in a Serving Our Seniors vehicle.  The volunteers will drive as far as Cleveland or Toledo to get the individual to their health care appointment.

To participate in this program, you must contact Serving Our Seniors at 419-624-8173 to verify your eligibility for reimbursement prior to your appointments and air travel off Kelleys Island.

For more information call Sue Daugherty, Director, Serving Our Seniors (419-624-1856).

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