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Berkeley senior parents no longer driving Aug 11, 2017 (6 responses below)
Trustworthy Uber or Lyft driver sought Nov 2, 2016 (2 responses below)
  • Berkeley senior parents no longer driving

    (6 replies)

    The time has come for my aging, Berkeley hills-residing parents to give up driving.  My dad has handled it well.  My mother, on the other hand, is in denial about her driving abilities and believes that her life is over.  I am wondering:

    1) Aside from Lyft, Uber and the bus (my dad can't make it to the bus stop and the bus arrives fairly infrequently to their area), are their any transportation options that I'm missing?  My mother had what she perceives to be a bad experience with Lyft (she is not totally adept with technology). We have family in the area, but we're all a bit stretched with what we have going on in our lives, so transporting them is going to be hard in addition to what we have going on.

    2) Are there any resources available for my mother?  Support groups maybe for non drivers?

    Any help/advice will be much appreciated.

    If they are within .5 mile of a bus route, they may be eligible for para-transit. My suggestion would be to have your parents visit the North Berkeley Senior Center and ask for information about taxi vouchers. Also, they would meet other people in their situation.

    Here's the city senior page:  https://www.cityofberkeley.info/aging/

    Here's the Ashby Village page: http://ashbyvillage.org/

    You may to check out GoGo Grandparent, a phone interface service for Uber and Lyft: gogograndparent.com.  It works well for my mother who lives in Rossmoor.

    Take a look at ashbyvillage.org. I just started volunteering for this organization, which is dedicated to helping aging members continue to live independently in their own homes.  By far, the most popular request posted by members is for rides.  The East Bay chapter of Ashby Village is quite active with 350 members and nearly as many volunteers

  • Trustworthy Uber or Lyft driver sought

    (2 replies)

    Hello, we have a family friend who is having a series of medical procedures in Marin which finish at a time of day when none of her family or acquaintances can pick her up. She is afraid she might still be affected by the effects of medication when she is driven home, so she is searching for a trustworthy and experienced professional driver to take her from these appointments in Marin to her home in Berkeley.  Any recommendations out there for punctual, discreet and courteous drivers located in the East Bay?  

    I highly recommend Abraham with Uber (707) 373-0391. He always arrives on time for pick up, he's personable, and navigates traffic safely and efficiently. I shared your post with him and he'd love to see if he can help. Call him at the number above.

    I would highly recommend and have been using Robert Riebs  Robert.Riebs [at] mytechnologist.com  1-510-842-6810.  He's located in the East Bay, know his way around and I've used him for many years.  Airport runs, trips to Sacramento, SF and San Jose, as a courier, use him for my wife, kids and  mother-in-law.  He's a safe driver, good with kids and older adults, helpful/courteous, honest and typically arrives 10 to 20 minutes early.  You can hire him through Uber or privately.  If your family friend is not smartphone enabled or Uber savvy he will train and assist.  Your friend will need a basic cell phone (or smartphone) that can receive text or SMS messages to use Uber or Lyft.