Web Site Offers Senior Wider Access to Services in OK

April 19, 2008
Daily Oklahoman

Eldercare has launched a Web site designed to help more than 30,000 seniors in Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian and Logan counties find long-term services enabling them to remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible. 

The free Network of Care, overseen by the Areawide Aging Agency, is an internet-based system showing central Oklahoma seniors and their caregivers where to find adult care centers, exercise locations, mobile meals, prescription drug assistance, and volunteer opportunities.  

Also available at the Web site — www.networkofcare.org — are community calendars and message boards. Network of Care is available in multiple languages. 

“As our senior population continues to grow it’s vitally important we expand and improve upon services and services we provide to older adults and their caregivers,” said Bob Rawlings, president of the Oklahoma State Council on Aging. 

The new resource will increase access to services and will enable more people to communicate with one another about their interests and concerns, he said 

In addition to a directory of hundreds of service providers, the network provides libraries and information about specific health disorders and medical disabilities. 

Rawlings said the Web site provides near-universal access to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site in fully ADA-compliant, according to Eldercare officials.

Network of Care was developed by Trilogy Integrated Resources, in San Rafael, Calif.