Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Caregivers and Service Providers
July 17, 2007
Network of Care
CLEVELAND – The Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging today introduced a breakthrough solution for the elderly, people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers called Network of Care, a multilingual, community-based Web 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 our county.
Sponsored by a Long-Term Care Innovation Grant from the California Department of Aging, Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities (www.networkofcare.org) is a pilot program for the nation. 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, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records. The goal is to help the community age with dignity.
The Network of Care provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 1,400 service providers in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities.
To increase accessibility and accommodate Network of Care’s users, the site’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 fully ADA-compliant and Bobby-approved. Network of Care also is available in multiple languages.
Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve seniors, by embracing Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.
Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health, now serving 15 states; Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities, and Network of Care for Domestic Violence. Based on requests from across the nation, Trilogy is also developing Network of Care sites for Public Health and Probation Services. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.