The idea for Way To Go Transit, Inc. was born out my respect for senior citizens. For most of my childhood, I was raised by a single mother, who worked as an elementary school teacher, as well as a part-time bookkeeper, to maintain our household and take care of myself and my three older siblings. My grandparents were always close-by, even living with us for a short period of time. They were compassionate, salt-of-the-earth people who set an example for always giving love and support unselfishly. The experience of being around older people while growing up was very influential for me and helped shape my values. I believe it may have also led to my career in healthcare as a respiratory therapist, frequently working with seniors.
As my mother grew older, she remained very active until she reached her eighties. She developed Alzheimer’s Disease and I took care of her at home for many years, until her needs became impossible for me to accommodate. Having to place her in a long-term care facility was an agonizing decision, but the time had come when I realized it would be best for her to have constant care. I am very fortunate to enjoy frequent visits with her, and through my daily visits, have formed close relationships with her caregiver staff, the facility’s administrative staff, as well as several residents. I developed an understanding of how unique the needs of these seniors were and the importance of compassionate assistance.
I met a lady there who was having difficulty commuting back and forth from home to spend time with her husband who was a resident at the facility. I offered to help her with transportation and soon realized there was a huge need in the Nashville community for seniors who need help with daily tasks, errands and transportation. After retiring from 30 years in healthcare, I started a small senior help service in the Nashville area.
It didn’t take long before the administrator and two staff members at mom’s facility proposed the idea that I start a company to transport residents from long-term care and rehabilitation centers back and forth to hospital procedures and physician appointments. I was excited by the idea and purchased an ADA-approved van and opened Way To Go Transit, Inc.
My goal is to provide caring, friendly and professional service to wheelchair dependent people of all ages with their transportation needs.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton