Senior and driving, an age-old issue often wrought with fear and frustration is a constant concern for many seniors and those who love them. Giving up a car equates to a lack of freedom and mobility. But a new trend is occurring that is making this less an issue. It’s the increased usage of services such as Uber and Lyft, which is expanding into serving more and more seniors looking for a ride.
Believe it or not, but those well into their 70’s and older are embracing smartphone apps and with that the freedom that those much younger appreciate about ride sharing services.
While ISL communities offers transportation services, some residents want greater control and ability to decide when and where they want to go on their own schedule; that’s where services such as Uber and Lyft bridge the gap. Seniors are using the apps to go grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, visit friends and attend events and go places they wish to see. And seniors appreciate that it makes them more independent and it’s often quite affordable. And for many it means they don’t have to rely on family, friends or the community’s transportation.
Besides convenience other benefits of using apps include:
- Fare Estimation app: Alerting riders in advance the cost of each trip
- Split Fare option: Here seniors can take advantage of lower fares if they choose to share the ride and cost with a friend.
Staff at ISL communities are finding themselves helping more and more residents set up the apps and are happy to do so. It’s fun to see the seniors embracing what to many is a great 21st-century service.