Senior Housing Startup Partners with Lyft to Provide Seniors with Easy Access to Transportation

Author: Jacqueline Hatch

| Published on: September,29 | Viewed: 2982 times


Seniorly’s new short-term care tool now includes transportation services through the fastest-growing rideshare company, providing seniors with door-to-door rides to and from short-term stays at assisted living communities even for those seniors who don’t use smartphones. 

San Francisco, CA -- Today,, an online platform that empowers families to make better decisions when searching for senior housing and caregivers, has announced that it has partnered with Lyft, the fastest-growing rideshare company in the country. Now seniors and their families can easily request on-demand rides to and from short-term care stays with a simple phone call. Seniorly will arrange rides on an as-needed basis on behalf of their customers who may not use a smartphone or are uncomfortable using mobile apps. The partnership is part of Seniorly’s new short-term care tool announced earlier this month that makes finding and booking short-term care communities for seniors as simple and easy as booking a place to stay on Airbnb or HotelTonight.

“Easy, and reliable transportation is a missing link in the senior care space,” said Seniorly founder and CEO Arthur Bretschneider. “That’s why we’re excited to partner with Lyft and enhance our short-term care platform with door-to-door rides. Providing safe, dependable rides for our customers to will improve the quality of life of the seniors we work with and bring added convenience and peace of mind to their families.”

According to the Pew Research Center, 70 percent of adults 65 or older do not have access to a smartphone, and even those seniors who do may find mobile apps confusing or difficult to use. Nine out of ten seniors prefer to age in place, but unsafe driving and lack of convenient transportation remain major roadblocks to seniors maintaining their independence. Seniorly’s partnership with Lyft allows seniors who want age in-home to continue do so, as well as help the get to, and from short-term stays at senior communities.

"As our population continues to age, it's important to provide flexible options -- across transportation and housing -- so seniors can remain independent,” said Gyre Renwick, head of healthcare enterprise partnerships at Lyft. “Our work with Seniorly helps this community get to and from short-term stays via safe, reliable and affordable rides on the Lyft platform."

Short-term care (also known as “respite”) stays are a helpful option for family caregivers who need a short break from their caregiving duties or while the person they’re caring for needs a higher level of care as they recover from an illness or surgery. Seniorly’s new platform also lets users book short-term stays in advance to prepare for post-surgical stays or upcoming vacations for family caregivers. The new tool empowers families complete control of the senior housing search from start to finish. Seniorly gives families the opportunity to take virtual video tours of communities, check out reviews, compare costs, book in-person tours and even pay for the short-term stay all through the easy-to-use site. The new platform also allows these senior communities to update their room availability and pricing, quickly, easily and in real-time.

Short-term stays at assisted or independent living communities are also a great option for older adults who are transitioning from the hospital to in-home care. Short-term stays give those recovering from a surgery or illness the opportunity to focus on their recovery since housekeeping, meal preparation, and entertainment are all taken care of.

Assisted living communities also provide 24-hour support from highly trained staff and transportation to and from medical appointments. Many communities even offer their residents physical rehabilitation classes.

To learn more about the new short-term care tool visit:

About Seniorly makes finding, booking and paying for long-term and short-term assisted living care at senior communities as simple and easy as booking a place to stay on Airbnb! Users can also use Seniorly to find in-home caregivers for loved ones. The company’s new short-term stay platform gives families control of the short-term senior housing search from start-to-finish and peace of mind that their loved one will be safe, well cared for and happy. Seniorly launched in January 2015, and its current coverage area includes the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Los Angeles. The Seniorly team includes gerontologists, engineers and senior care professionals trained to help families as they make important senior housing decisions.

About Lyft

Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to reconnect people and communities through better transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S and is available in more than 200 cities. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to affecting positive change for the future of our cities.


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