Driving is often synonymous with independence. If you’re an older adult and you’re thinking of hanging up the car keys for good you may feel concerned about how you’ll get around town. Many older adults don’t want to be what they perceive as a burden to family members. Public transportation isn’t always available or senior-friendly in some areas of the country, and taxi cabs can be cost-prohibitive for frequent use.
Not knowing what alternative transportation options are available is one reason some seniors keep driving long after they begin to feel less confident behind the wheel.
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The good news is there are many transportation services for seniors that offer practical benefits. Because we understand how important it is for older adults to have solutions they feel confident in, we created this list of rideshare services and transportation providers. We hope it will give you some options to explore.
Rideshare and Transportation Options for Seniors
Uber for Seniors
Uber is one of the most popular ride sharing platforms for seniors. With a convenient and easy-to-use app, seniors can get where they need to go when they want. Programs like Uber Health, which allows senior centers to request, pay, and manage rides without having seniors sign up for the app, allow seniors the flexibility and ease of getting to doctor’s appointments, family gatherings, or shopping trips without any hassle.
Lyft for Seniors
The ride sharing app service Lyft has come up with some innovative programs to make it easier for older adults, including those without a smartphone, to access transportation. Whether it’s discounted rides for seniors going to the grocery store or free rides to polling booths during elections, Lyft is an option to explore with a senior loved one.
If you’re not tech savvy or don’t have a smartphone, this transportation coordination service can be a big help. It acts as a concierge between transportation options, such as Lyft and Uber, in the local area and seniors who need a ride.
Volunteer Transportation Programs
Many cities and counties have volunteer ride programs dedicated to safely transporting older adults. You can use this site to quickly locate programs near you.
Area Agency on Aging
Your local council on aging office is another option to explore. They often maintain a list of senior-friendly transportation services and volunteer transportation organizations. You can search the national agency’s database to find the contact information for the office that is closest to you.
Depending upon where in the country you live, you might find iTNAmerica to be helpful. They connect seniors with local transportation providers who will treat them with dignity and respect. That includes helping them with door through door service, not just dropping riders off or picking them up at the curb.
Transportation Services at Five Star Senior Living
Whether it’s time to get rid of your car or the finances of ridesharing don’t work for you, consider the transportation benefits of being a resident at a senior living community. At Five Star Senior Living communities across the country, residents can take advantage of our in-house transportation services. With friendly drivers who get to know you and favorably located communities, our transportation services for seniors can be used for physician appointments, outings to local malls and restaurants, scenic drives, and more. Find a community today and talk to one of our team members about your transportation needs.
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