New Partnerships for Health, Food and Transportation Needs

Although growing numbers of seniors are choosing to age-in-place as well as recover from illness, injury, or surgery in their own homes, providing care and support to community-dwelling older adults can present many challenges.  But a recent partnership between Uber Canada and the Government of Canada will not only help people access transportation to medical appointments, but will also provide meals and food deliveries.

Telehealth visits are useful for older adults, but there are times when it’s important to seek in-person patient evaluation and treatment.  Transportation, especially in rural areas, can be an obstacle for seniors to receive timely vaccinations and thorough healthcare.  

Transportation is also a significant challenge for getting healthy food to isolated communities.  Uber Freight is working with nonprofits such as Second Harvest to transport foods like chicken, eggs, seafood, beef, vegetables, and dry goods to remote communities where food insecurity is high. With the Move What Matters initiative, $6 million in free rides, meals, and food deliveries have been pledged to help keep Canadians safe and healthy. 

Uber Canada’s partnership with the Canadian Government will also continue to share accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19 vaccines across all of Uber’s channels including home screens, trip, and food delivery experiences, and through email newsletters. 

Many places of worship and other nonprofit organizations also provide volunteer drivers to help with non-emergency needs.   By calling 211, elderly or disabled adults can learn more about paratransit services in their area as well as food and meal delivery options.  Some healthcare insurance companies also provide free transportation to help people get to their necessary appointments.  The doctor’s office may also have information about free and low-cost transportation to appointments.

Although the past two years have presented many challenges due to the pandemic, it’s important to keep up with regular healthcare screenings, vaccinations, and other preventative services.  Delays can lead to more complicated treatments, longer hospital stays, and a higher risk of complications.