From local food delivery to ride-sharing and pet-sitting services, the sharing economy is alive and well. The concierge services industry is booming, and many companies are springing up specifically to serve the needs of aging adults. These companies make life easier, and enable seniors to live independently at home for much longer.
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Amazon Home Services helps customers find home repair and maintenance professionals in auto care, furniture assembly, cleaning, computer & electronic services, business & commercial services, lawn care, home improvement, and general chores & maintenance. Read reviews.
Prime is Amazon’s paid membership service for frequent shoppers. Receive free 2-day shipping on those Prime-marked items, along with free access to many videos and music, books in Kindle-format, and online storage space for their digital photos. Read reviews.
Everything But The House (EBTH) combines the services of a local estate agent with an online auction site for people who are downsizing or selling inherited household items. Read reviews.
Envoy is a hybrid online grocery delivery-household help company that’s tailored to the needs of adults who are aging in place. One of Envoy’s goals is to pair subscribers with the same “envoy” each time so the envoys get to know their clients’ shopping preferences, dietary needs and favorite shops. Read reviews.
Favor serves the growing demand for inexpensive on-demand delivery services. Favor has partnered with restaurant chains that don’t already have a delivery service, as well as with local eateries in the markets it serves, plus, users can request pickups of laundry, prescriptions, groceries, and other items. Read reviews.
Geekatoo has been billed as the Uber of tech support. The company connects computer and gadget-savvy workers with customers who need help with upgrades, repairs, and setting things up in the first place. Read reviews.
Handy aims to make it easier for homeowners to find help by serving as an online platform that connects Handy customers with qualified, background-checked and insured cleaners, electricians, plumbers, and other home-service providers. Read reviews.
Instacart is a local grocery delivery company serving major cities and suburbs in 19 states. Ideal for housebound people or those who don’t drive, you can receive your order in as little as 2 hours. Read reviews.
Porch.com helps homeowners find contractors to tackle interior, exterior and landscape projects. The free service is available across the US, and more than 3 million home professionals have signed up to appear on Porch.com. Read reviews.
One-hour delivery is the name of the game for Postmates. The company offers fast delivery of takeout meals, groceries, office supplies, toys, and other goods to big-city residents in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Read reviews.
Rover makes it easy to find someone to take your pup for a walk, watch them overnight in your home or theirs, drop in for daytime visits or provide doggie daycare while you’re away. Read reviews.
TaskRabbit operates in 18 US cities and in London, offering quick help with cleaning, errands, furniture assembly, home projects including electrical and plumbing work, and virtual help with digital chores like online research. Read reviews.
Washio offers laundry and dry-cleaning pickup and delivery for customers in half a dozen major US cities. The startup uses independent couriers and a network of laundering and dry cleaning facilities to take care of wash day. Read reviews.
Zeel makes it easy to book massage therapy sessions at home or at your hotel when you’re traveling. You can find licensed massage therapists nearby, book a session, and pay and tip online. Zeel currently offers its service in several major US cities. Read reviews.
With Zipdrug’s prescription delivery service, customers request a pick up via the Zipdrug app at the pharmacy of their choice and provide their insurance and payment information; background-checked and HIPAA-trained delivery people then collect the order and deliver it to the customers’ home or office within the hour. Read reviews.