Free medical transport ending

The Northern Dutchess Caregivers Coalition, an all-volunteer organization that provides free medical transportation for seniors and the disabled, is disbanding.

In a news release, the coalition said that, after 21 years, the service that covered Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Milan and Hyde Park will end Dec. 1.

“Caregivers has been in existence since 1992, but has had to contend with the rising cost of mandatory insurance and other operational costs. Additionally, it has become increasingly difficult to find the necessary volunteers needed to not only drive our clients, but also to complete the phone and paper work involved in arranging for those drives. We have averaged 80 requests in an every two-week period,” the news release said.

The coalition is referring those who need transportation to medical appointments to Friends of Seniors, an organization that provides medical transportation and more. Their phone number is (845) 485-1277. For more information, visit

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