Thred built on their previous Dementia Enquirers projects to explore what would help people with dementia build their confidence to travel by public transport. They created a survey for people with dementia and carers. They also carried out some interviews. Additionally, they led discussions with train/bus/airport organisations to gather information. They asked people about their experiences of travelling by public transport, what would encourage people to use it more, and what plans they put in place to prepare for a journey.
Thred found that the biggest problems people with dementia experience when travelling by public transport are unhelpful staff and navigating transport hubs. 60% of people found travelling by public transport difficult. The most important areas to improve were availability, accessibility and signage.
From their findings Thred have created a travel checklist for using public transport. They also recommend that transport providers read the report and address the barriers highlighted.
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