In Germany, there is a unique assistance service called CareDriver. Screened and trained driver-cum-carers (called CareProfs) use a fleet of ŠKODA OCTAVIAs not only to lay on transport, but also to provide assistance. If, say, an elderly person has a doctor’s appointment, the CareProf will collect them at their front door, accompany them into the surgery waiting room, wait for them, and then take them back home. Older people can even use this service if they fancy a walk in the park or need to get to an event at their senior centre.
Other frequent clients are preschool children – the CareDriver service is booked by parents who, realising they are too busy, need someone to pick up their kids from school or take them to one of their clubs. CareDriver, then, is not just a taxi service, but a real helping hand. Mainly, though, it’s about trust between people – with CareDriver, the elderly have a driver they can rely on, while parents can rest assured that their children are safe.