Alamo Service Connection and Alamo AAA Unveil Community-Based Web Sites for Seniors and People with Disabilities in 12 Texas Counties

February 28, 2008
Network of Care

SAN ANTONIO, Texas The Alamo Service Connection and Alamo Area Agency on Aging (AAA) today introduced a breakthrough solution for seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers called the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities, 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 these counties.

Bexar County’s Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities (http://bexar.tx.networkofcare.org/aging/home/index.cfm) is provided by the Alamo Service Connection. The Alamo AAA Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities (http://atascosa.tx.networkofcare.org/aging/home/index.cfm) is provided the Alamo Area Agency on Aging and funded in part through the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. The Alamo AAA site serves the counties of Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson. 

To empower seniors and their caregivers, the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities 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 for Seniors & People with Disabilities provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 2600 service providers in the combined 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 the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities’ 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. Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities 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 for Seniors & People with Disabilities’ communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.  Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.