LIAF’s Transportation Assists Both Participants and Caregivers - Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation

LIAF’s Transportation Assists Both Participants and Caregivers


The Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation (LIAF) has continually offered transportation for participants who attend LIAF's Monday through Saturday social adult day programs, now located in Westbury. This can be a tremendous relief to caregivers, who may not be able to drive their loved one to the center. This door-to-door, agency-owned bus transportation is available in parts of North Hempstead, and LIAF recently established a pick up and drop off point at Christopher Morley Park, at 500 Searingtown Road in Roslyn, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The park pick up/drop off is partially funded by The Community Chest of Port Washington.

The 16-passenger, wheelchair accessible mini-buses bring individuals with Alzheimer's and related forms of dementia to LIAF where they enjoy socialization and cognitive stimulation through a variety of structured activities, including word games, crafts, light exercise, music and entertainment. Buses are staffed by dementia-trained drivers with assistance from attendants, ensuring safe, reliable travel to and from the programs, which are tailored to each participants' diagnosed stage of Alzheimer's.

Many families are grateful for this transportation, including Maggie Babyatsky, whose husband, Gary, attends LIAF's social adult day program. "My husband could not attend LIAF five days a week without the transportation provided because, as his caregiver, I work full time. The bus drivers are sensitive and caring to people with dementia and the trained staff members who ride with him provide a safe, supportive, and comforting environment," she says. LIAF staff sees to it that loved ones are escorted right into the home before the bus leaves. Ms. Babyatsky concurs, "The transportation has also eased my anxiety as a caregiver – I know every day that my husband is arriving safely at home because he is walked directly into our house and the staff makes sure there is a caretaker waiting for him before they leave. I'm grateful for this reliable transportation and for the great communication from the coordinator regarding any issues in scheduling or delays."

LIAF's mission is two-fold; to help improve the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders, as well as, providing much-needed support to caregivers. By utilizing LIAF's transportation service, loved ones are in good hands while traveling to and from Westbury, and caregivers are afforded a little more time to take care of their own appointments, shopping, and household responsibilities.

LIAF's Transportation services are available upon assessment. For more information or to sign up for Transportation, please contact the Director of Transportation, Grace Johnson, LMSW, LIAF Director of Late Stage Programming, at (516) 767-6856, ext. 11.

Caption: Larry Hymowitz, with LIAF since 2013, is one of four current bus operators at the organization. All drivers have special training in working with individuals with dementia.

For 29 years, LIAF has been providing supportive community-based services to Alzheimer’s families on Long Island. LIAF offers critically needed social adult day programs for individuals facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their caregivers. LIAF takes considerable pride in its pioneering role in the development of cutting edge services that foster the independence, dignity, well-being and safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s. For information call (516) 767-6856 or visit

About the Author Dana Castoria

Dana’s personal interest in health and wellness ignites her passion to help execute impactful change in the nonprofit field. As a Hofstra University graduate with a degree in Public Health and a demonstrated history in communications, Dana is committed to merge the community, individuals and professionals of Long Island to help LIAF achieve its mission. Having joined the team in July 2017, she came from an assisted living facility and with over 5 years’ experience in the senior care field. Dana helped LIAF plant it’s feet and grow in the new Westbury location, and believes her efforts to attain the resources to further develop and sustain its services is her part in caring for and supporting diagnosed individuals and caregivers. Outside of the office, you can find Dana exploring Manhattan, on the beach with a volleyball, dog-watching at a park or spending time with her family and friends, especially if a board game is involved!

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