Web Site for Elderly Launches Today

May 24, 2007
SouthCoast Today

New Bedford, Mass.Coastline Elderly Services Inc. will introduce a breakthrough solution for the elderly, people with disabilities, caregivers, and service providers — a Web site called "Network of Care."

It is a multilingual, community-based site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education that is significant to the thousands of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in the Greater New Bedford area. Its debut will take place today at Coastline's offices located at 1646 Purchase St. Local agencies and organizations are encouraged to attend.

Sponsored by a grant from the Area Agency on Aging, the Network of Care program is for the Southeastern Massachusetts area. To empower seniors and their caregivers, Network of Care helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials. In addition, they aim to help seniors manage their affairs, interactions and important records. The goal is to help the community age with dignity.

The program also provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the service providers in the Greater New Bedford area and provides libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy.

To increase accessibility and accommodate Network of Care's users, the sites's innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is available in multiple languages to include French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better service seniors, by embracing Network of Care's communication tools such as message boards and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free websites in "For the Providers" section.

For more information, contact Trilogy at (415) 458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.