Having the independence to plan our own schedules, visit friends, and engage with our community makes life sweet and fulfilling—especially as we age.
But many older adults face challenges with transportation, whether it’s because they have given up their car keys, have physical limitations that make it hard for them to access public transportation, or don’t feel comfortable using an app to summon a ride. Access to reliable transportation is also an important factor in seniors’ mental health, as older adults who are socially isolated face an almost doubled risk of depression.
Seniors At Home recognizes the need for a safe and reliable transportation service for seniors. That’s why we partner with popular ride sharing service Lyft to provide safe rides for seniors and their caregivers anytime they need it.
Most Lyft users arrange rides using the Lyft app on a personal smartphone—but according to Pew Research more than half of U.S. older adults do not own this type of digital device. Through our partnership, Seniors At Home arranges Lyft rides for seniors without smartphone or for those who simply prefer ordering their car by phone call. This service is available for home care clients and can be scheduled ahead of time or arranged on an as-needed basis.
The partnership is also designed to benefit Seniors At Home caregivers: Lyft rides will be provided for caregivers who are unable to drive to a client’s home—particularly if they are needed urgently or on short notice.
Seniors At Home and Lyft are dedicated to the safety of everyone in our community, including providing safe rides for seniors. In order to make sure Lyft rides are safe and reliable, drivers are hand-selected and screened through comprehensive background checks and in-person interviews.
Juli Koffman, Director of Seniors At Home, says, “We take great measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our clients. I’m very pleased that we can offer this service in order to help them access dependable and affordable transportation. It’s critical that they are able to live independently in their homes for as long as possible.”
To learn more about Seniors At Home’s Home Care services, call 415-449-3700 or contact us online.
For more information about Lyft, visit www.lyft.com