Sept. 24, 2019 By Allie Griffin
The nonprofit Queens Community House (QCH) will be offering seniors in need free transportation to medical appointments via a partnership with Lyft and Forest Hills Stadium, the organization announced today.
Through the partnership, the QCH’s Senior Medical Transportation Service will now provide senior residents of Queens Community Districts 4 and 6 with free transportation to and from medical appointments through Lyft’s scheduling service, Lyft Concierge.
Previously, the organization offered transportation to nearby appointments to seniors who lived in CD 6 — Forest Hills and Rego Park–and QCH covered only half the cost for those who qualified. Now, the service is free to all qualifying seniors.
The new partnership and funding from Lyft and Forest Hills Stadium has allowed QCH to offer the transportation service to seniors in CD 4, which includes Elmhurst, Corona, Lefrak City and Corona Heights. In addition, seniors can use the services to be brought to and from their home to any medical appointment throughout the city, not just Queens.
To utilize the service, seniors must be 65 or older, a resident of CD4 or CD 6 and a registered participant of QCH’s Senior Case Management Program.
Eligible seniors may use the service as much as they need at no cost, negating the previous limit of three times a month per senior.
“For a growing portion of our older population, once routine outings like going to a doctor’s appointment have become monumental challenges,” said Ben Thomases, QCH Executive Director.
“Fortunately, through our new partnership with Lyft and Forest Hills Stadium we’re able to expand our Senior Medical Transportation services to include Corona, Elmhurst and Lefrak City and reach more older adults in Queens than ever before.”