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New rideshare service specializes in seniors

Transportation for seniors can be challenge—particularly for those who can no longer drive. Services such as Dial-A-Ride have been cut back and often operate on a limited schedule. Taxicabs are an option, but may pose a problem with seniors with mobility issues.

Envoy America is a ride share service in the Phoenix area designed specifically for seniors. The service has made connections with Valley groups and organizations that work with seniors, such as churches, Phoenix Cancer Support Network, the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, Bosom Buddies of Arizona, and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute.

Envoy America provides transportation plus assistance services, including a steady hand while walking to the car, waiting during church services or medical appointments, and helping with shopping at the grocery store.

The driver companions are vetted and are specially trained to assist seniors, including helping clients get in and out of a car, transfer in and out of wheelchairs, First Aid and CPR certification, and how to best interact with senior clients and who have memory issues.

Envoy America’s driver companions are required to pass background checks, have clean driving record and a senior-friendly four-door vehicle in excellent condition. Vans with wheelchair ramps are not available in this service. Individuals can arrange for a driver companion by making a reservation at https://envoyamerica.com or by calling 888-375-5558.

 

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