Many seniors don’t think about not being able to drive but it is a reality for most at some point. Not being able to drive yourself to your appointments or to run errands can be a hassle, but luckily there are plenty of options in San Francisco so you don’t have to worry. There are a variety of services so you can find the one that fits your needs and situation no matter what it may be.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is an easy way to find all the different kinds of public transportation available in San Francisco. This includes buses, light rails, streetcars, cable cars, and the paratransit system. If you are a senior who is disabled you can use the paratransit system which includes taxis and vans that are equipped to handle those in wheelchairs. This system is available 24/7 so you don’t have to worry about not being able to get around. Seniors that are older than 65 can ride at a discounted rate, so you just need to present a valid form of ID.
If you need to go somewhere that public transportation does not go, you can use a taxi service. Most taxi companies will allow you to schedule a ride in advance so you don’t have to worry about being on time. Yellow Cab Co-op and SF Green Cab both operate in San Francisco and can take you anywhere that you need to go while Airport Taxi Cab will take you to and from the airport. Taxis might be a little more expensive but some companies will offer a senior discount, so just make sure you have a valid ID.
If you don’t want to use a taxi but still need door to door service, you might want to consider a rideshare service. Both Uber and Lyft operate in San Francisco and you can schedule a ride through their app or online. Family members with senior relatives can do this from their smartphone which makes it a convenient option. There are different charges depending on what time of day or how many people need a ride so be prepared for that.
Many in-home caregivers are also able to offer transportation services. Here in San Francisco, Honor, Reliable Caregivers Inc, and Senior Helpers of San Francisco all have transportation services. These services can range from picking up groceries or running other errands to incidental only transportation. This is a good option if you worry about your elderly loved one being with a stranger while driving. With a caregiver, you know that they will be in capable hands.
Silver Ride is a senior transportation service located in San Francisco. They can provide one-way, round trip, or multi-stop rides to most places in the San Francisco area. They do request a 24-hour notice if you will need a ride but they guarantee that they will be on time and assist you inside the building once you arrive.
There are a few different options when it comes to Silver Ride, you can even use a driver escort that will accompany you throughout your entire trip. This service does come with a cost but it is determined before you leave and you don’t have to tip your driver. If you would like to find out more information about their services you can call 415-861-7433.
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