Uber and Lyft are Becoming More Senior-Friendly
If it seems like your college-aged grandchildren are the only “Uber generation” in town, buckle up -- modern driving services are now extremely senior-friendly. Best of all, Lyft and Uber are now catering to the older generation, so that discount options and ease of service are even more enhanced, including for those living in senior communities.
In targeted communities such as Beverly Hills and the greater-LA area, both Lyft and Uber recently announced partnerships meant to enhance opportunities for seniors and others who may not have smartphones.
Uber is now using RideWith24™, a toll-free phone service that doesn’t require a membership (however, if you’re a regular user, they will have your information on file so that you don’t have to give them your billing information each time). The operator will take down the information of the destination and time for which you’re seeking a ride, and will arrange to have it billed to your credit card.
Lyft has partnered with Great Call® and its Jitterbug® phone, a smartphone alternative designed for seniors. You’ll only have to dial zero, which allows you to arrange your needed ride with specially-trained operators. No money changes hands with the driver because the charge shows up on your monthly Great Call® bill.
Along with these partnerships, both driving services are also working with local and national health care services such as Ascension, CareLinx, Freedom in Motion and MedStar Health. These partnerships allow for medical and senior discount options.
Advantages of Modern Driving Services
Uber and Lyft have benefits that taxi services and city busses lack. If you prefer to use a smartphone, additional advantages include:
Budget-friendly. Uber and Lyft gained popularity largely because they are not only convenient but quite affordable. If you do have a smartphone, the “app” estimates what the cost will be before you order it, so that you can decide if fits into your budget. If you’re traveling with a friend, you can also select the option that splits the fare -- all electronically, so there’s no awkwardness of passing cash back and forth.
You’ll be an “easy rider.” Many older people dislike ordering a ride by phone when hearing or shyness problems are a factor. Uber or Lyft apps make the process quite easy. You’ll just need to indicate that you need a ride and what the destination is, and the cost will be deducted directly from your designated account once you approve it. You can also check factors such as available discount programs for senior citizens, the driver’s customer rating and the expected route.
Now that you know that moving to a retirement community won’t mean giving up your ability to get around, why not schedule an appointment to tour at Beverly Hills Carmel? After all, even the drive out here can now be “uber” special, and provide a real “lyft” to your spirits!