Lyft drivers have an opportunity to help the community and increase their revenue through LyftUp, according to Lyft. It’s a part of the company’s efforts to help both its drivers and the public during the coronavirus pandemic.
- LyftUp is a means of helping those who otherwise can’t leave their homes due to coronavirus.
- Not only can it deliver food and medical supplies to people, it can provide rides for patients who need non-emergency care.
- Although the need for this service is critical now, it has the potential of long-term benefits as a part of future patient care and community outreach.
While Lyft is still supplying its usual rides to the public, people are staying home, which means drivers are seeing their incomes fall. It also leaves them with time on their hands as the need for drivers declines. Lyft instituted policies to keep its drivers and the public safe, but LyftUp goes a step further by directly helping the community.
LyftUp can help deliver food and medications as well as transport patients to non-emergency medical appointments. (Photo: Getty Images)
Helping those who are most at risk
The service allows for delivery and transportation of needed medical supplies and other goods to those who might not otherwise be able to venture out of their homes. This includes the elderly and those with chronic illnesses who are at the greatest risk if they go out in public. The service is partnering with the healthcare industry, government and business to deliver everything from medical supplies and test kits, to meals for seniors and kids.
In addition to supplies, drivers who participate in LyftUp facilitate non-emergency medical transportation. These are patients who need help getting to everything from daily dialysis appointments to chemotherapy to prenatal care. Eight Medicaid agencies have currently partnered with the program to make LyftUp affordable for its members.
WHY THIS MATTERS
This service not only helps drivers trying to replace disappearing ridesharing income, it helps the community. Especially now, when many are afraid to leave their homes because they’re at risk, LyftUp can help ensure those people have what they need and stay healthy.
The added benefit to using this now is that it could more quickly establish LyftUp and other ridesharing options as a way of helping people all the time. It provides a short-term fix during the pandemic, but a long-term fix for improving patient lives.