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Albion Marshall Connector
Area Wide Transportation
Battle Creek Transit - Fixed Route
Community Action Senior Transportation
JTC Transportation Service LLC
Mobility 1 Transportation
Senior Transportation, DC Services LLC
Battle Creek
Marshall, Ablion
Southern Michigan
Battle Creek
Calhoun County- Battle Creek
Calhoun County Area
Southern Michigan
Michigan, Northern IN
Fixed Routes
Origination To Destination
Within 150 miles
Will Travel Out Of Michigan
(269) 441-5387
(269) 781-3975 or (517) 654-3000
(269) 679-6999
(269) 966-3474
(269) 565-4144
(269) 339-6928
(269) 430-5055
(517) 677-9262
M-F, 7am-12midnight
M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm
Available 24 hours/ day
M-F, 5:15am-6:45pm, Some Routes Sat, 9:15am-5pm
M-F, 8am-4:30pm
Daily 6am-8pm
By Appointment
By Appointment
$7 one-way
$1 one way for seniors, 60+; disabled & children 6-12, $2 adults/children 13+
Bills Medicare/Medicad
$0.60 seniors
$1 suggested cost share per ride, funded by Senior Millage
Wheelchair $35+$1.50/mile after 20miles, Ambulatory $25+$1.50/ mile after 20miles
Can bill some Medicad plans
Must have exact change, can receive tokens for future trips if you overpay
Rider responsible for any costs not covered
Must have exact change, 12 punch pass for $6, 48 punches for $24
Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
10-15% Disc for ambulatory frequency
Starting from Tekonsha
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function effectively with those around us. Even if we always got our own way as chil- dren, we do not have the right to make all the rules, and we do not have the right to punish each other. Unfinished business from child- hood can last a lifetime if we let it. So let
it go and start behaving like an adult; make amends.
writing. If you want specific items to go to someone you should be sure that they want to receive it. Maybe, just maybe, they know that it might have greater value to another sibling. The more specific you are the fewer the questions. Parents should also be certain that when assigning an end-of-life role to someone that they are willing and or inter- ested in taking on that challenge. Your elder law attorney can help you sort through what docuements will be best to have completed.
thoughts on paper signifies your impending fate, my mother went through the same thing. And while she was not comfortable putting all these details in writing she was quick to be sure that every child, and my dad, knew what she wanted. Having said that, when loss actually occurs, no matter how prepared you were, it is still painful and old feelings are prone to surface and potentially cause chal- lenges.
Sadly, if sibling rivalry is not addressed,
it can be the thing that causes the loss of a parent to be far more difficult. Is it hopeless? I think not.
New to this equation is the fact that we are amazingly living longer; many in a
very healthy way. A person living to 100 or older might really have different wishes for an estate than someone half that age. They might be looking at college for grandchildren or even great grandchildren, rather than the needs of their immediate children.
What makes this easier for the adult sib- lings? Showing love and support is one of the most powerful ways we can build strong relationships with our adult siblings. Being generous with our time and resources can also help us in our sibling relationships. If we let it, generosity can replace animosity.
We all know, and yet dread, that our parents will someday move on. While it’s never pleasant to think about, it is still a reality. I have watched time and time again as the transition can cause or enhance sibling fighting and frustrations. Whether it’s the lamp that everyone wants or the hurt feel- ings because they weren’t the one chosen to close out the estate. You may be surpised to read that you, the adult parent, have a lot of control over how things play out after you’re gone. Using your power beforehand can eliminate a lot of resentment later.
So how do we start these difficult conver- sations? Be the adult, be the lead, and get
it going. Maybe you need to start small or maybe you are the one that needs to brought into the conversation but I urge you to not be afraid of it but to embrace it and gain the peace of mind of knowing that you have done what you need to do to help your fam- ily with a transition that is hopefully many, many years in the future. Maybe you need a mediator. Read more about that on page 9 of this issue.
This is especially important as we may need to make decisions about an aging par- ent. Focusing on the needs of the parent will help to get through the process but may not be enough if there are still feelings of resent- ment.
What do I mean you may wonder? Deep down you probably truly know what things are going to cause a problem so why not address those while everyone, yes everyone, is in the room. Put these details in writing so that no one is confused about what was said that day, or over the years.
We must guard against faultfinding, anger, and disrespect for one another, especially as we prepare to close the estate of a loved one.
To my surprise, a valued Christmas tra- dition that my parents began years ago was giving us a treasured possession each year while they were able to enjoy seeing our faces as we received those gifts. It eliminated any confusion about who they wanted to give that prized gift to and it also allowed each of us to be very clear about what would be most cherished by each of us, for whatever reason.
Here’s the good news... Just because you set up a will, trust, or other documents 20 years ago does not mean that you can’t change it either. Situations change and these documents should indeed be revist- ed from time to time. If you change res- posibilities for someone be sure that they know so it is not a surprise during a time of need.
For those of you that fear that putting your
Try to imagine what kind of an example you are setting for your children to follow
in your final days. If you find that it is dif- ficult to respect your siblings at a time like this then turn that respect towards the family member that you both care for and consider that respect is synonymous with care and concern. Parents, this alone is a great argu- ment for setting up a living will or trust.
Beyond this wonderful tradition is the fact that much more should really be put in
Reflection can bring perception. But reflection and introspection require time. Sometimes the most difficult conversations to have are the most rewarding. So why not start today?
Alamo Transportation
Calhoun & Jackson Counties
(517) 494-0029
M-F, 7am-5pm
Bills Medicare/Medicad
Alpha Medical Transport
Battle Creek Area
(844) 895-4809
By Appointment
Arranged through individual health insurance plans; direct pay not accepted
Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
Battle Creek Tele-Transit
Battle Creek Area
Door-to-Door Service
(269) 966-3474
M-F, 5:15am-mid- night, Sat, 9:15am-5pm
$2 one-way for senior/disabled, Personal attendants ride free, $7 adults ($5 after 6:45pm)
Reservation Needed, 10 punch pass for $20, 20 punches for $40
Branch Area Transit Authority
Branch County
(517) 278-5889
Half Fare for Handicapped & Senior Citizens Over 60
Weekly Subscriptions Available
Community Action Senior Transportation
Calhoun County- Albion
Origination To Destination
(269) 565-4144
M,T,W,F, 9am-2:30pm
$1 suggested cost share per ride, funded by Senior Millage
Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
Marshall Dial-A-Ride
(269) 781-3975
M-F, 7am-6pm
$1.50 one-way for seniors, 60+, disabled, children 5-12, $3.00 adults/children 13+
Free on Wed for seniors, age 60 and over
Ready Ride Transportation
(616) 261-2400
By Appointment
Contact for Rates
10% Discount for Veterans
Details subject to change.To have your senior transportation added or changes to your listing, Call Sherii at (269) 979-1412 ext. 302 or

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