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July 15, 2019
Ridesharing For Seniors: 4 Services For The Elderly
Safe and reliable transportation is essential for people of all ages, but it’s especially important for senior citizens. Whether they’re traveling to a medical appointment or just running errands, ridesharing can help them stay mobile and independent. Read on to learn about the top 4 services that provide seniors with a ride when they need it most.
The biggest name in ridesharing is making an effort to assist seniors with uberASSIST. This service provides rides from specially trained drivers who can accommodate mobility aids and help riders get in and out of the vehicle.
Uber has also developed partnerships with organizations around the country with the goal of increasing affordability for senior citizens. In many cities, seniors can get discounted (or even free!) rides from Uber.
Smartphone access is one barrier blocking seniors from ridesharing services. Believe it or not, only 42% of Americans over 65 own one compared with 77% of the general population. Enter GoGoGrandparent, which allows seniors to request a trip through the service’s hotline instead of through an app. After scheduling a ride through the hotline, callers are provided with all necessary information including the car’s color and model and the driver’s name. Plus, GoGoGrandparent’s operators closely monitor all trips and immediately alert the rider’s family if anything goes wrong.
Much like GoGoGrandparent, Arrive helps seniors without smartphones book a ride. The difference is that the company orders rides directly through established services Lyft and Uber. Arrive handles everything from booking to payment to simplify the process for seniors. Live operators even go above and beyond by giving drivers detailed descriptions of the riders to ensure a seamless pickup.
SilverRide is unique in that it’s specifically designed to meet the needs of older adults and those with physical limitations. Those without a smartphone can easily book trips via phone or email. The service is also door-to-door, so drivers can help riders to and from the car. SilverRide even offers accompaniment for all outings, so seniors who need assistance never have to go out alone.
No matter which service you use, the free BestRides app can make your experience a better one. With price comparisons and a feature that allows your most trusted contacts to virtually follow along for the trip, it’ll help you travel smarter and safer. Download for iOS or Android to make every ride your best.