For many seniors who live independently, getting around town is not so easy. Living in their own home may be manageable. But when it comes time to grocery shop or go to the doctor, they often need to rely on friends and family.
Thankfully, the world of transportation is changing rapidly. With the launch of Uber and Lyft, getting a ride within minutes in a clean, comfortable car and a friendly driver is a reality. Now these companies are stepping up their game to meet the needs of seniors who might otherwise need to rely on more challenging forms of transportation.
Lyft and Uber are changing the world of transportation for seniors.
Lyft has teamed up with GreatCall. This partnership includes a selection of devices (Jitterbug) that are easier to use than a typical handheld smartphone. There is no need to download an app, making the process more accessible to people who may not have much experience with technology. The phones have larger fonts and limited options for ease of use. The devices are carrier-specific right now and the program is not offered everywhere, but it is only a matter of time before all carriers and states are involved.
Uber’s relationship with Ridewith24 is a little different. This service not only allows access to Uber from a land line, but offers the additional service of helping transport the person from home to vehicle and from vehicle to appointment. This enables seniors and those with special needs to be more in control and less dependent on family and friends. Again, the program may or may not currently be offered in your area, but it’s only a matter of time.
We can say what we like about technology and the love/hate relationship we have with our devices. But the benefits that allow all of us to enjoy a full and independent life are those worth celebrating!
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