LRGVDC Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Caregivers and Service Providers

October 8, 2010
Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (LRGVDC)

 

WESLACO, Texas -- Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (LRGVDC) 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 our county.

Sponsored by a Long-Term Care Innovation Grant from the California Department of Aging, the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities ( www.networkofcare.org) is a pilot program for California and the nation.  To empower seniors and their caregivers, the 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 over 200 service providers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.  The 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’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. The 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 the 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 Inc. of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities and all of the other Network of Care Web products, including the Network of Care for Behavioral Health, currently serving communities in 17 states; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Healthy Communities; the Network of Care for Probation Services, and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families.

Trilogy is the leading information provider in the field of social services. For more information, please contact Trilogy at (415) 458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com. For more information regarding the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s site, please contact Jose L. Gonzalez, Director of Area Agency on Aging, LRGVDC at (956) 682-3481, Ext. 116.