Santa Barbara County Introduces Community-Based Web Site for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Caregivers and Service Providers
August 28, 2002
Network of Care
Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers seniors and people with disabilities and makes in-home care easier with online access to comprehensive services available within Santa Barbara County
SOLVANG, Calif. – Santa Barbara County 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 (www.networkofcare.org) is a pilot program for California and 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 end goal is to help the community age with dignity.
The Network of Care Web site provides a comprehensive directory of the approximately 300 service providers in Santa Barbara County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. Network of Care also provides easy-to-search databases and vital information about diseases, situations and caregiving, 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, including large print sizes. The site is fully ADA-compliant and Bobby-approved. Network of Care is available in several languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.
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 all Network of Care Web sites, including Network of Care for Mental Health; Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5), and Network of Care for County Children’s Services (ages 0-18). Based on requests from across the nation, Trilogy is also developing Network of Care sites for domestic abuse, substance abuse and behavioral health.
Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, plans to serve the entire State of California via Network of Care by the end of 2004. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at email@example.com.