What Seniors Need To Know About Ride Sharing Services

    Seniors can take Lyft—a ridesharing service to get them to and from where they need to go. Ridesharing is safe & allows seniors to maintain their independence.

    What Seniors Need to Know About Lyft & Other Ridesharing Services

    Many seniors and older adults can no longer drive themselves due to injury, disability, or fear of getting behind the wheel. Rideshare services, such as Lyft can get these individuals wherever they may need to go, safely and securely, without any hassle.

    Our friends at ClearCare were fortunate to have Lyft’s communication team answer some vital questions regarding seniors using ridesharing.  Read on for their informative response.


    What is ridesharing? 

    Ridesharing is a service that arranges peer-to-peer rides on-demand. Passengers are matched with a nearby driver who picks them up within minutes, and takes them where they want to go.

    Is ridesharing safe? 

    At Lyft, safety is our top priority. We have policies and features that protect both drivers and passengers. All drivers undergo a criminal background check, a driving record check, a vehicle inspection and an in-person screening.

    When passengers request a ride with Lyft, they get a text that includes the driver’s name and photo and the make, model, license plate and color of the car. We also have a Trust & Safety team available 24/7 for emergencies.

    How are the background checks/screening completed? 

    Applicants undergo rigorous screenings such as criminal background and driving record checks (including queries of local, state and federal databases), social security traces, and a vehicle inspection.

    How do you maintain quality drivers? 

    Passengers and drivers rate each other on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best) after each ride. If you rate someone 3 stars or below, you’ll never be matched with them again. Consistently low ratings can put drivers at risk of deactivation.

    Seniors might need wheelchair accessible vehicles, is that supported? 

    Drivers should reasonably accommodate passengers with wheelchairs or walkers. If seniors require a wheelchair-accessible vehicle we can accommodate this in certain markets where we have partners who specialize in this level of transport.

    How does the ride sharing avenue compare to owning a car both financially and in terms of experience? 

    A senior might fear driving but do it anyway, resulting in an accident. Then their family drives them but that isolates the senior and puts stress on the family. Since the average household spends $9,000 a year on car ownership, their car becomes an expensive ball and chain that is very rarely used.

    What makes Lyft uniquely different for seniors? 

    We understand the unique challenges and needs of our elder population and build partnerships that will enhance their independence and reduce isolation.  We’ve partnered with senior care communities, nonprofit groups, and many home care providers to help seniors get where they need to go. We also have a dedicated healthcare team and group of individuals who have 10+ years of experience in elder care.

    Any other ‘must knows’ that are relevant for seniors, caregivers, and home care agencies? 

    We build custom solutions for each partner of ours in eldercare. Over the last five months, we have built dozens of partnerships with companies that directly serve our elder population and are giving tens of thousands of rides to our aging population every week.

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    Top 5 Things to Consider with Ridesharing

    1. Look at background check procedures. Lyft has some of the best in the industry
    2. Compare costs. Ridesharing often costs less than a taxi and/or the cost of keeping a vehicle with limited use.
    3. Adult children can order a car for their loved one, making it a breeze for seniors to get a ride.
    4. Keeps older adults independent and able to attend appointments, social functions, & church activities.
    5. Gets seniors where they need to be safely and securely.

    Home Care Tip:

    Caregivers can download the Lyft app to schedule and pay for their older adult’s ride.

    Harmony is founded with a single focus in mind: providing compassionate home care and home healthcare to the residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

    Our trustworthy caregivers are ready to lend a helping hand to your mother, father, children, and loved ones in Fayette County, Westmoreland County, Greene County, and many more locations throughout the region. Contact us and one of our patient advocates will be happy to discuss how Harmony's programs can help your family today. 

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