New! Sign up and Save with our Weekly Wheelchair Transportation Plans

New! Sign up and Save with our Weekly Wheelchair Transportation Plans

At Medbridge Transport, we aim to improve the lives of wheelchair users in and around Houston, TX and that means providing a cost effective way to get around the city.

That is why we are launching our weekly wheelchair transportation plans where a passenger can get 2 to 5 round trip rides a week at a deep discount.  The plan is in full effect starting August 2019 to anyone in the covered areas (see plan details).

With the weekly transportation plans, you get 2, 3, or 5 round trip wheelchair rides for $150, $225 or $375 respectively. That’s an average savings of 35%.  These plans are perfect for passengers looking for transportation to Dialysis or chemo treatments.

Our hope is that you’ll spend less time planning transports and more time focusing on your health or the health of a loved one.  This is our first step towards delivering our goal to eliminate transportation as a barrier to health and happiness.

How it works

Subscribe for $150 every week to get these benefits:

  • 2 rides
  • $0 per ride (up to 20 miles each)

Subscribe for $225 every week to get these benefits:

  • 3 rides
  • $0 per ride (up to 20 miles each)

Subscribe for $375 every week to get these benefits:

  • 5 rides
  • $0 per ride (up to 20 miles each)

Note: Rides do not roll over the following period.  If a ride goes over 20 miles, you just pay 2.85 per additional mile.

What Every Cancer Patient Should Know Before Starting Chemo Treatment in Houston, TX

What Every Cancer Patient Should Know Before Starting Chemo Treatment in Houston, TX

Receiving a cancer diagnosis for the first time is a truly unnerving and emotional experience, to say the very least. There is also a lot of information to process, and if you’ve been told that you will need to start chemotherapy, you certainly have a number of questions about the process. It’s obvious that your healthcare team is the resource you should turn to for answers to most of those questions, but what about the tips and tricks that can be shared from an experienced patient’s perspective? 

When it comes to preparing yourself for chemo treatment, you can never have “too much” information or advice. We all understand that having peace of mind is important, but it can be easy to overlook your mental and emotional well-being when your physical health is in question. That’s why we are here to discuss a few ways that you can make your entire chemo treatment experience a positive one.

Have a Personal Support System in Place

A cancer diagnosis and the whole process of going through chemotherapy can feel very isolating, but if you’re feeling the urge to separate yourself from your loved ones during treatment, don’t. Remember that your friends and family love you, they care about your well-being, and they actually want to be there for you. 

To really make the most of your emotional support system during chemo treatment, keep these tips in mind: 

  • Be prepared to answer questions with grace. Your loved ones probably don’t know much about chemo, and you can’t hold that against them. Remember that they are only asking questions in order to better understand your situation. Take the time to explain the anticipated side effect, the details of your diagnosis, and perhaps even the difference between cancerous and non-cancerous tumors. They simply may not already know. 
  • Have goals in mind and an understanding of your own needs from your support system. Share your boundaries from the beginning, and don’t be afraid to ask for additional support or a different kind of support. They won’t know what you need until you speak up. 
  • Also be mindful of the other person’s (or people’s) limits. We are not saying that you should be afraid to lean on them; we are saying that you should understand that everyone needs rest sometimes. As the saying goes, “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” Give your friends and family time and space to recharge from time to time. 

Plan for What You Can and Be Prepared for Things You Can’t

If you’re one of those people who says things like, “I’m not much of a planner,” there has never been a better time to change that than right now. Having a solid plan in place makes things go more smoothly, and by eliminating the guesswork, you’re making things so much easier on yourself. Here are a few planning tips to keep in mind: 

  • Schedule some support services that will make your life easier during your treatment process, like meal delivery, medical transport, pet sitting and housekeeping. 
  • Ask for detailed instructions for everything, including dietary restrictions, chemo port care, and daily precautions necessary to keep you safe throughout the process. 
  • Keep an agenda on hand, and make sure it includes contact information for essential healthcare personnel, scheduled appointments, and reminders for other necessary tasks. Even your normal routine tasks can be easy to forget when you have so much going on. 

As far as living with unplanned events that might up without warning, it’s important to stay flexible and be ready to adapt to unexpected challenges. Whether big or small, those challenges are inevitable, but staying in the right frame of mind will help you overcome them easily.

Keep a Personal Healthcare Journal

As you go through your chemo treatment, you are going to experience a wide range of side effects. Your healthcare team will certainly prepare you for this, and they’re going to ask you about it when they see you. So, be prepared with a detailed account of what you have been going through, but don’t stop there. Use your chemotherapy journal to track every detail of the process, from diagnosis to recovery. A few ideas for what to keep in your chemo treatment journal include: 

  • A log of your daily diet and exercise
  • A sleep log (and put a fun spin on it by journaling your dreams, too!)
  • Symptoms of the illness
  • Side effects of the medication
  • Names and contact information for your healthcare team
  • Name and contact information for new friends you might meet during treatment and in support groups
  • Questions that come up (and the answers that you are given)
  • A list of “lessons learned” that you can share with other chemo patients in the future

Your healthcare journal is entirely personal to you, so there’s no “right” or “wrong” topic to write about or record. Include whatever comes to you, and let the process be flexible as you go. 

Expect a Long Road Ahead

One of the most common personal challenges for patients who are undergoing chemo treatment is how different things become. You may find that your favorite foods are no longer palatable. Your fitness routine may change. You may not have the same level of energy to play with your children or grandchildren. The list goes on. 

It’s so important to remember, though, that your personal health is the foremost concern for right now. It is your top priority. You have to focus on following your healthcare team’s advice and listening to your body as you recover, in order to ensure that you will have many more years with your loved ones ahead. 

Chemo treatment really takes a toll on our lives, but it’s not forever. So, be kind to yourself. Pace yourself. Make smart food choices, take medications as you’re told, and keep your appointments. If you feel fatigued, which you certainly will, take that as a sign that you should lie down for a little while. Give yourself that needed break. 

The road to recovery is long (and often difficult), but it’s worth the time and effort to reclaim your optimal health and wellbeing. So, to recap - be sure to lean on your support system when you need it, have a solid care plan in place, document everything, and keep a positive mindset. With these tips in mind, you can make this a positive experience for yourself and your loved ones, no matter what comes your way.

Transportation for Disabled Citizens in Houston: Medbridge Transport Tells You What You Should Know

Transportation for Disabled Citizens in Houston: Medbridge Transport Tells You What You Should Know

The disabled or those with disabled loved ones certainly understand the need for disabled citizens to retain as much mobility and independence as possible. With that goal in mind, finding the right wheelchair transportation service is essential.

What to Look for in a Houston Wheelchair Transportation Service?

When one is searching for the perfect provider, key features to look for include:

  • The same friendly, courteous bedside manner one expects from any other medical personnel
  • Clean, well-maintained medical transport vehicles that are ADA compliant
  • A comfortable booking experience, whether that occurs online or by phone with a member of the staff
  • Prompt arrival, easy-to-understand fee quotes, and a commitment to the time that one is promised to

Even as one evaluates these factors, however, it’s important to understand that not all providers are a “good fit” for all patients. So, when looking for non-emergency medical transportation in Houston and the surrounding areas, here are a few additional criteria to keep in mind:

Not all medical transport services in Houston offer the same type of care.

Depending on the patient’s unique situation, one may have needs that require a particular type of service. For example, non-emergency medical transport companies often have two separate fleets: one is for the transportation of ambulatory patients, and the other is reserved for significantly disabled or wheelchair-bound individuals.

When looking for medical transportation, One needs to be sure the provider serves the area of interest (without any special rates or hidden costs).

For instance, those living in Cypress or Jersey Village may have assumed that (due to the proximity) any Houston-based medical transport company will happily serve these areas, as well. That is not always the case, however, especially for same-day transportation for disabled citizens. So, when looking into a medical transportation company get as much information as possible and request a quote before booking your ride.

Not all medical transport teams hold the same qualifications.

Transportation for disabled citizens in Houston is not the same as a taxi, Uber, or Lyft ride. Medical transport drivers, as well as any other support personnel, should be qualified to handle medical situations that may arise during the trip. A question to ask is whether a medical transport team’s members are First Aid and CPR certified. This is critically important to the safety and comfort of the disabled passenger.

Finding the right transportation service truly comes down to asking the right questions and getting thorough answers.

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation for Disabled Citizens vs. Ambulance Services

Is non-emergency medical transportation the same as a normal ambulance service?

It’s common for people to confuse non-emergency medical transport with typical ambulance services. While ambulance services sometimes do offer non-emergency transportation, it’s not entirely common or it can be cost prohibitive. Non-emergency medical transportation is also commonly referred to in a variety of ways, including:

  • Wheelchair Transportation Service
  • Wheelchair Van Company
  • Disabled Transportation Service
  • Non-Emergency Ambulance Service
  • Senior Citizen Transportation Service
  • Transportation for Handicapped Citizens

By any name, the concept here is that even disabled or senior citizens need to get from point A to point B, and they need to do it safely. Wheelchair transport services like Medbridge Transport exist for precisely that reason.

Who to Call When One Needs Transportation for Disabled Citizens in Houston, Texas

What are the options for transporting a disabled loved one?

Getting a disabled loved one where they need to shouldn’t be stressful or complicated. Medbridge Transport is here to take the stress and guesswork out of that process; from start to finish, with a team that strives to deliver a carefree experience every single time.

To learn more about wheelchair transportation in Houston or any medical transportation in Cypress or Jersey Village, Texas, call MedBridge Transport today at 713-766-4447. The team is always happy to listen to the needs of the community and suggest the best mode of disabled transportation for one's unique situation.