Transportation for Residential Assisted Living

There is more than one way to get to where you’re going.

Founder of Residential Assisted Living Academy, Gene Guarino, provides the highest quality of training for RAL home owners and operators.

A lot of details are involved when caring for seniors, and there are a lot of ways to meet their needs. 

Some RAL business decisions can be quite costly without consulting professionals who have paved the way in the industry. 

During a recent presentation, Guarino addressed the role of transportation in assisted living.


One frequently asked question is, “Do we need to offer transportation for residents in our care homes?” 

Obviously residents will need to go to doctor’s visits and want to go on occasional day trips. 

Let me explain how my perspective on transportation progressively evolved.

Guarino owns several very successful RAL homes.

When he first got started, he assumed that he would have to purchase a huge van to collectively transport seniors to various locations.

He had big plans for getting senior out and about.

“I was going to escort seniors to the opera, ballet, senior centers, and local libraries,” he said. He wanted residents to experience the best of retirement life. 

Suddenly, it hit him.

Grandma isn’t mobile enough to comfortably commute to various locations citywide. 

Seniors do not seek to travel as frequently as they did during their younger years.

Guarino’s overzealous ideas about transportation faded fast. 


His concept of transportation quickly transitioned once he added up the cost. 

Shortly after his initial epiphany, he counted up the cost of purchasing a van to have access in case it was needed.

Some conveniences simply are not business savvy. 

Be mindful of the liabilities involved with purchasing a vehicle that your business uses to provide transportation. 

Perhaps it’s just sitting in the driveway most of the time, but you’ll be forced to pay added insurance all of the time. 

Your expenses won’t stop with the vehicle cost and monthly insurance premiums; you’ll also have to pay a driver. 

Making sure that managers and caregivers are licensed drivers becomes an added responsibility that deviates from caring for residents.

These are the reasons Guarino chose not to offer onsite residential transportation. 


Most of the time, even during doctor’s appointments, RAL homes have physicians that make onsite visitations.

When there’s an outside appointment, family members often prefer the privacy and personal care of picking up their loved ones.

During rare instances when seniors need to secure transportation, RAL homes charge an additional fee or suggest calling a cab company, Uber or Lyft. 

If they prefer having somebody with them in addition to transportation, a staff companion can be provided for an extra charge.

Ultimately, owners and operators must discover what works for your RAL home, your residents, and your care staff.

Remember, there’s more than one way to get to where you’re going.


Some people take rowboats, others travel on sailboats, and then there are those that use speed boats to get to their destination the fastest. 

RAL Academy empowers students to get the fastest and most effective results. 

Gene Guarino is teaching students how to maximize their potential in the RAL industry by offering years of experience and ongoing support.

Learn more savvy business practices and how to make a residential assisted living work in your financial favor. 

Contact today and join the next 3-day RAL course. 

During this intense 3-day RAL course, you’ll learn everything from A-Z about owning and operating your own assisted living home.