As a brain cancer survivor, I am no longer driving, so I depend on Uber or Lyft to get to appointments and places I need to go. Ridesharing is a new mode of transportation that many people take advantage of to get them to the places they need to go instead of driving themselves. I have found using one of the rideshare companies convenient and efficient.
Not driving allows me to do things on the ride, such as check email, return calls, make notes on what I need to do, or relax. I don’t have to worry about parking or driving in traffic. I have no more car payments, which is also a nice perk. I admit that it took me some time to get over not driving, but I know it is for the best, and I am learning to accept my new normal.
I also found another way to use the rideshare companies as a nurse advocate. If I have a patient who does not drive, I can use one of the rideshare companies to pick the person up, take them to the office, and bring them home when done. If the patient is able, I show them home to download the app and enter their credit card to the app, which takes care of the payment. Once they use the service a few times, they are comfortable and like the convenience of using the service.
I have a patient I am working with who is no longer safe to drive. His son lives out of town, and they have no other family to take the patient to his appointments. I talked to the son about using one of the rideshare companies, and he thought it was a good idea, so he gave me his credit card, and I was able to set up an account so that the fee goes to the son’s email.
The patient cannot grasp how to order a ride, so I schedule his rides when he has a doctor’s appointment. I usually go to the medical meetings with the patient, so I send him home via Lyft. If he goes to an appointment that I do not have to attend, I ask the doctor’s staff to call me when he is ready to leave. Once I get their call, I enter the addresses into the app, and he is picked up within a few minutes and taken home. The app on my phone allows me to see the driver’s route and when he is home. The patient and his family are happy with this setup as they know he is safe and gets to his appointments on time.
Have you used UBER or LYFT? What creative ways have you used this new means of transportation? I would love to know!
Thanks for reading, and stay safe!