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Papa, the on-demand senior assistance firm, is joining forces with ride service Uber to help seniors in underserved communities get to medical appointments, community events and more.

Through the new partnership Papa’s care team and Uber Health will coordinate transportation for seniors and Papa’s Pals, who provide companionship and daily assistance to older clients.

“Our national Uber Health partnership is about so much more than getting from A to B,” Andrew Parker, founder and CEO of Papa, said in a statement. “Companionship is a critical component to a successful transportation ride, especially for older adults. Together we are able to help members with rides while providing a great social interaction and assistance. It’s the perfect synergy.”

Miami-based Papa pairs seniors and their families with companions, known as Pals. The service is offered through health plans and is aimed at helping seniors age in place.

The companies said the partnership will help ease social isolation for seniors by tearing down the barriers of transportation.

“Uber Health is uniquely positioned to provide its logistics platform and technology to make requesting transportation or deliveries easier for Papa members and Papa Pals,” Caitlin Donovan, global head of Uber Health, said in a press release. We’re proud to work with Papa to address the chronic needs of vulnerable populations and their companions, and in turn, improve long-term health outcomes.”

Papa and Uber operate in all 50 states. The joint program will operate in markets where there is crossover between both companies.