Get Up & Go offers rides to senior citizens in San Mateo County

As we get older, sometimes we need a little help to get up and get going — especially for driving — but San Mateo County seniors can get a lift with Get Up & Go.

Get Up & Go has provided affordable rides to county residents over age 50 for a decade, but their prices dropped. Now, Get Up & Go rides are free.

Russell Richins, age 57, uses Get Up & Go to get to cardio class at Sequoia Hospital. Although he has walked the two miles from his house to the hospital, Richins said he can rely on Get Up & Go to be on time and courteous.

“I enjoyed every driver that I’ve had,” Richins said. “Once, I forgot I left my glasses in the car and they brought them back and dropped them off.”

Get Up & Go offers rides to San Mateo County residents over 50 who cannot drive for any reason. Founder and outreach organizer of Get Up & Go Betty Burrs said the service is door-to-door, but Burrs prefers to say “door-through-door.”

“The drivers can go into the house and help the rider out into the car, then can go into the appointment and wait for them if they want,” Burrs explained. “And then they can help them back into the car and home again.”

The service offers roundtrip rides within San Mateo County, except to the coast. Outside of San Mateo County, the program offers rides to and from Stanford Hospitals and the VA Health Care System in Palo Alto. Burrs said most rides are for medical needs.

Although operated out of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, anyone can use the service. To schedule a ride, seniors must register over the phone and schedule the ride by the Wednesday prior to the week of the needed transportation.

“I am comfortable using this service — never feel rushed and always feel safe,” said Jane from San Mateo County.

San Mateo County offers the paratransit service Redi-Wheels, but some folks do not qualify or have to wait hours for their ride to come. Paula Thompson was looking for a ride service for her parents when she was injured…

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