Hi all, I'm looking for a professional opinion about whether you think this could be a worthwhile endeavor in your community. My grandmother has dementia, and it gets worse when she's alone in the house. When she tries to drive, she forgets where she is going.
We have an idea to use an already established, 100% free carpooling app (it's actually designed for parents with school-aged kids, already used by parents across the United States) that lets caregivers and activity centers arrange carpools to activities for seniors in the community, and lets them discover nearby activities and carpools. It's not like Uber or Lyft--it's totally free and voluntary for everyone involved.
The app lets the caregiver input a pickup address for each senior and destination, and it organizes the most efficient route for whoever is driving to pick up everyone, and keeps loved ones in the loop with real-time notifications (each rider has a "related adults" section for those who want to keep up to date of their whereabouts).
For our town theater, it's a win-win--seniors rely on a recurring ride to weekly performances where they socialize and stimulate their minds, and the theater gets a bigger audience!
Please let me know what you think. I'm trying to decide if it's worth the effort to try and get this started in other communities, and who to contact! I'd love to see seniors in my grandma's situation be able to get out more.