Ways to Help Seniors Stay Independent

While many retirees are living longer and more active lifestyles, they rely on family members to help them stay independent as they age. However, being completely independent at home isn’t always realistic for everyone. Getting help with some primary activities can help many older adults stay in their own homes as they age. Here are a few of our ideas to help keep the loved ones in your life independent as they age while living in St. Louis.

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Home Preparations

Oftentimes older adults want to remain in their home. Familiarity and comfort are key, but there are steps you can take to improve safety in their home. Some common safety changes include installing support railings to help them walk through the house or lowering shelves for easier access to household items. Outdoor walkway lighting can also improve home safety, especially during autumn and winter in St. Louis, when daylight hours become shorter.

Package and Essential Needs Delivery

Driving can be a challenging activity for seniors, limiting access to necessities like groceries and pharmacy refills. Luckily there are a variety of options for getting essential items delivered straight to your doorstep. Postmates in St. Louis is an easy to use restaurant delivery service that delivers everything from St. Louis-style BBQ to locally brewed coffee to any address requested. You can also order groceries online from local grocery stores like Dierbergs Market. Packages can also be delivered, with St. Louis County & Yellow Cab’s Local Package Delivery. We provide reliable delivery for gifts, packages, prescriptions or documents. Our deliveries are budget-friendly because we never charge extra for door-to-door delivery. All of our package deliveries are delivered without any additional stops, every time!

Household Help

Oftentimes seniors need assistance with home maintenance and upkeep like minor house repairs, mowing the lawn and gardening, lifting or moving heavy objects and more. If you’re able to regularly visit an aging relative, offer to help with these tasks or assist with finding a local professional that can help with these household tasks before they become a major burden. Websites like Houzz or Thumbtack can be great resources for finding highly rated professionals working in the St. Louis area who can help your family get these home maintenance tasks completed.

Rides for Retirees

Not all active seniors drive themselves, yet need to get around St. Louis for family visits, trips to the hospital, making daily errands or to spend time at their favorite park or museum in St. Louis. We pride ourselves in taking the stress out of parking and heavy traffic for seniors by providing affordable transportation around town, assisting with travel across town, door to door. Our friendly drivers are familiar with St. Louis, including hard to navigate places like Forest Park, large scale medical facilities and entertainment districts.

Since 1935, St. Louis County & Yellow Cab has been helping families get to local destinations when they need to be there. We’re experienced at assisting riders of all ages in transportation services across St. Louis, St. Charles, Chesterfield and beyond. Let our team of transportation professionals take care of your loved ones, when it comes to reliable travel in “The Lou”.

Getting to the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club

We’re thrilled that Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis was chosen as the home of the 2018 PGA Championship. Plus, we’re event more excited to be the only taxi company in the St. Louis area to be chosen as a recommended rideshare company to and from Westminster Christian Academy, which is the only official Rideshare Pick-Up / Drop-Off (PUDO) lot for the 100th PGA Championship event.

Getting to the PGA Championship

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We’ll be on-site daily from August 6-12th, offering transportation to Westminster Christian Academy (without surge fees!), the recommended spot to catch the complimentary shuttle, which will take you to the Main Spectator Bus Terminal just across from the Main Spectator Entrance at Bellerive Country Club.

Please keep in mind that there is no public parking or spectator drop-off at Bellerive Country Club for the PGA Championship event. There are also no pedestrian and/or bicycles allowed during daylight hours due to anticipated heavy vehicle traffic. All PGA spectators are instructed to follow either Rideshare and/or directions to the PGA General Public Parking lot at the Fenton Logistics Park.

Make getting to and from the PGA Championship easy, with no-surge price rides from St. Louis County & Yellow Cab! Download our app here or call us anytime to schedule your pick-up at 314-991-5300. As a recommended rideshare company of the 2018 PGA Championship, our drivers are well informed of all travel procedures for attendees traveling to Bellerive Country Club. We’ll make sure you get to the PGA Championship shuttle as easy as possible, so you can enjoy the event!

2018 PGA Championship Updates!

Also, leading up to the event we’ll be sharing everything you need to know about the 100th PGA Championship event in St. Louis on our Facebook page. Keep up with all of the updates by connecting with St. Louis County & Yellow Cab on social media here!

Special Tips for Experiencing Busch Stadium

St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium

After months of offseason roster shifts and a competitive spring training session, baseball season has officially returned. While the Cardinals aim to bring another World Series trophy back to St. Louis, consider trying out these great tips when you go to Busch Stadium this summer.


1. Bring Your Own Snacks

Food Permitted into Busch Stadium

Did you know that you can bring a bucket of fried chicken into Busch Stadium? Yep. It’s true. Outside food and drinks are permitted as long as they are sealed in a duffel, tote, cinch bag, or purse (NO Backpacks).

Just remember that drinks must be non-alcoholic and carried in a clear, plastic bottle no larger than 2 liters.

For complete details about carry-in policies, check out Busch Stadium’s Information Guide.

 


2. Download the Budweiser Ballpark Pass

Game tickets can be pretty expensive. Just sign up for the Budweiser Ballpark Pass to get automatic access to ascannerll home games for only $30 a month!

As a pass holder, you’ll receive:

  • Guaranteed standing room for each game
  • Tickets that scan right from your phone (No need to print anything out)
  • Auto-renewable bills each month (with the ability to cancel at any time)

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play for more details! 


3. Get Group Tickets

groupsIf you’re going to a game with a large number of people, purchasing a group bundle is the way to go. Groups of 20+ people can receive discounts of up to 50%, depending on the game. Check out the Group Ticket Rules for more information about group benefits!

For more details about any other discounts or promotions, check out all of the Fan Value Programs!

 


4. Experience a New Social Venue

The Cardinals will debut the Budweiser Terrace at Busch Stadium thibudweiser terraces season. This newly-renovated common area will offer a variety of unique social amenities including:

  • Two full-service bars
  • Plenty of standing room
  • Comfortable lounge space
  • Cabana seating
  • An entertainment stage for live music and DJ performances

Enjoy this new stadium attraction for free. Check it out in the upper-level territory of right field!


5. Avoid Transportation and Parking Struggles

Driving to and from the ball game can be a hassle. Finding a reasonable parking spot can be exhausting and expensive. Even Car-pooling can be frustrating to coordinate.

Avoid these challenges by letting St. Louis County and Yellow Cab take the wheel. Our drivers are equipped with enough experience to get you to and from the ballpark without any worry!

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BEST Transportation, St. Louis County & Yellow Cab, and GO BEST Express comprise a family of companies that are committed to providing above-industry-standard transportation solutions for every need. It’s more than just point “A” to point “B.” It’s about the experience

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The St. Louis Guide for St. Patrick’s Day

There’s a little Irish in us all on March 17th. St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday filled with shades of green, shamrock decorations, and copious amounts of “Kiss Me I’m Irish” T-shirts. Every year, people pack the pubs and roam the streets of St. Louis just to get a good glimpse of the holiday parade. Whether its Dogtown or Downtown, utilize some of these celebration tips to help bring the luck of the Irish everywhere you go.

St. Louis Parade in Dogtown

St. Louis’ annual Dogtown Parade

Establish a Plan

It’s no secret that St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular events of the spring. It is undoubtedly, the biggest holiday in March and one of the most celebrated times in St. Louis. From holiday festivals and city parades to pub crawls, and traditional festivities, there’s something fun for everyone.

Gather a group of friends or family together and check out some of the best St. Patrick’s Day events that St. Louis has to offer.

Reduce the risk of getting lost

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations tend to expand like wildfire, as giant crowds form throughout St. Louis. As the excitement grows, so does the likelihood of getting separated from the rest of your group. Be sure to follow these guidelines:

  • Designate a meeting place in case your group gets separated.
  • Familiarize yourself with the area.
  • Keep a map handy in case you lose cell phone service.
  • Wear something that makes you stand out from the crowd.
  • Don’t let your phone run out of juice. Keep a portable charger on hand.
  • Access the “Share My Location” feature on your smartphone.
  • Use the buddy system

 Show Up Early

Don’t wait until the last minute to find the perfect parade-viewing spot, or grab a seat at your favorite Irish restaurant.

Showing up an hour early can help you secure the best position for any festivity. If you can make a reservation in advance, you could avoid the restaurant hassle altogether.

Come prepared

Maximize your holiday fun with these “must-have” items:

  • Green attire
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella or poncho (in case of rain)
  • Jackets, coats, gloves, hats, scarves, etc. (for cold weather)
  • Extra cash
  • Portable lawn chairs
  • Emergency snacks

Celebrate Responsibly

All in all, St. Patrick’s Day is a day filled with festive, Irish fun. If you want to enjoy the day with minimal stress, let St. Louis County & Yellow Cab provide you with worry-free transportation. Our drivers are loaded with experience and are committed to going the extra mile to get you to and from the celebration quickly, comfortably, and safely.

We got you covered with every step so all you have to worry about is avoiding those pesky St. Patrick’s Day pinches!

Winter Road Safety Tips You Need to Stay Cool

In true St. Louis tradition, we experienced seasons as unpredictable as ever, especially throughout the last few months. Much of fall felt like spring, and several days in December felt like fall.

When it doesn’t feel like winter, we are more likely to overlook winter road safety preparations. In addition to the regularly surprising weather conditions, our high population of drivers makes road safety a crucial responsibility. We’ve gathered some tips from sources including the National Safety Council and Consumer Reports and as well as some of our own that will help ease the stress of winter road navigation.

  1. Understand your vehicle’s safety features & get them inspected.

It is crucial to not only make sure your vehicle’s safety features are working, but also to understand their mechanics. The National Safety Council lists the most important safety systems for winter driving:

  • Ignition
  • Brakes
  • Wiring
  • Hoses and fan belts
  • Spark plugs
  • Air, fuel and emissions filters, and PCV valve
  • Distributor
  • Battery
  • Tire wear and air pressure
  • Antifreeze level and freeze line
  1. Take advantage of real-time ways to keep up with weather conditions.

Weather is not static. The conditions before you get behind the wheel can change-fast. Apps are one of the most common, user-friendly ways to track weather conditions. The Missouri Department of Transportation offers a Traveler Information Map App, a map that monitors changing road conditions like snow levels, and whether or not a road is opened or closed. Remember to keep your eyes on the road, though, instead of your phone.

Traffic Jam in the Snow

  1. Work on your slide

Skidding across an icy road is one of the most unnerving driving experiences, but did you know that, with proper technique, you can minimize sliding? As per Consumer Reports, the safest way to slide, is to “steer into it.” First, you should gently decelerate. Then “turn steering the wheel in the direction that the car is sliding.” This will straighten out the car, improve your tires’ grip, and decrease risking an accident.

Your Car’s BEST Safety Feature

Remember that, despite the risks of winter driving, there is one reason to minimize fear or frustration. The National Safety Council puts it best:”You are your car’s best safety feature.” The proper preparations will help you take charge of your own safety, even in high-stress situations. Stay knowledgeable, practice safe, patient driving, and you can gain peace of mind on the road.