Although the baby boomer generation may not be as quick to adopt new technology, aging or homebound seniors can greatly benefit from a variety of service based apps available at the touch of a button. If you're an East Bay Senior needing assistance at home and have an iPhone or Android device, check out our favorite ways seniors can age in place with technology. Need help getting set up? We can help with that too.
Amazon Prime Now
They're certainly not new comers to the home delivery game, but Amazon's recent introduction of Prime Now to Oakland, Hayward, and San Leandro certainly raised the bar. With a touch of a button, a home bound senior can browse groceries, household products, vitamins & minerals, pet supplies & more. Once ready to check out, it's as simple as choosing a delivery window that's most convenient for you. And within 2 hours, a courier will show up to your door with all of your purchased items. This service is completely free to Amazon Prime Members ($99/year). Not ready to commit just yet? No worries--they offer a 30 day free trial to test it out. It's also worth nothing Prime Members receive access to unlimited e-books, on-demand tv shows, music and movies. Try it today to help your aging parent remain more independent at home.
Uber & Lyft
On demand car services are becoming more common place every day. If you're an East Bay senior who has lost the ability to drive, Uber and Lyft can be excellent alternatives to getting you where you need to be without having to rely on a friend, loved one or senior caregiver. It's as simple as downloading either app, creating a basic profile with payment information, and selecting your destination. Once you've made a request to be picked up, you'll receive an alert with the estimated time of arrival and estimated cost for your trip. When you pull up to your final destination, simply get out of the car, and all fees and taxes are billed to your card on file. How easy is that? Uber and Lyft help seniors stay active in the community by offering easily accessible on-demand transportation. Worried about safety? Keep in mind all Uber and Lyft drivers undergo thorough background checks, motor vehicle screenings, and more before contracting with the company. Want a free trial of Uber? Click the link here and receive your first ride free (up to $20).
If you're an East Bay senior aging in place at home, you know it can be hard to keep up with all of your home's on-going maintenance projects. Here's where TaskRabbit can help: need a piece of furniture built, a shelf-mounted, or someone to pick up the clutter? Type a brief description of the task you want completed. TaskRabbit will then either suggest prices and automatically schedule a same day contractor or you can browse through available contractors, view their skill-set, and arrange for them to come by at your convenience.
If you're an East Bay senior who has difficulty navigating around the kitchen or perhaps you never learned to cook in the first place, not to worry--Seamless is a great alternative to ensuring you always have a hot, tasty meal delivered right to your doorstep. All you have to do is type in your home zip code, and a list of restaurants delivering to your home will appear. You can browse by cuisine type, price range, and more. View menu items, make selections, and easily check-out all from the comfort of your smart phone. When the order is confirmed, you'll get an email with the delivery estimate. And your food will be on its way. It's as easy as that. Want to try it out? Click the link here to receive $7 off if your first order.
Doctor On Demand
Nobody likes going to the doctor. So why not bring the doctor to you? Doctor on Demand is revolutionizing tele-health by doing just that. From the comfort of your home, open up the Doctor on Demand app. For a flat rate of $49 per call (for a PCP), you will speak to a board certified doctor that will give you undivided attention and provide an assessment through your phone, computer or tablet's camera. Once they've made a diagnosis and answered your questions, they can electronically send a prescription to CVS for you to pick up. They take most insurance and treat a variety of ailments ranging from cold & flu, UTIs, diarrhea & vomiting, skin issues & rashes. Want to learn more? Head on over toDoctorOnDemand.com.
Carlin Longley is a Registered Nurse and entrepreneur who's passionate about helping others.