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New interactive Web site introduced

Shows benefits, services, info available for seniors and caregivers

Saturday, April 07, 2007

HALIFAX – A new, interactive Web site for the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Government Benefits was unveiled during the Halifax County Board of Commissioners meeting by Executive Director Greg Godard.

The site, halifax.nc.networkofcare.org, allows easy access to a wide variety of important information.

The site was developed by the Upper Coastal Plain Area Agency on Aging. Called the Network of Care, it provides a single informative place where consumers, caregivers, community-based organizations and county government workers can obtain information on benefits and services.

While primarily targeted toward seniors and their needs, almost anyone can find useful information that pertains to them. There are special sections with one-click access to abuse prevention, fall prevention, informational message boards, prescription drug assistance and Medicare assistance.

A library section contains over 30,000 articles, fact sheets and reports produced by the leading experts and organizations in the fields of aging and disability. It can be searched by categories or keywords. All information can be displayed normally or in large print and saved in a section called “My Folder,” where site visitors can maintain important information about their health care, community support services and all of their research on a secure server.

There is a section on assistive devices to help find specific products for children or parents with disabilities. It has a database that lists more than 21,000 currently available products from more than 3,000 companies.

It offers information on non-commercial prototypes, customized and one-of-a-kind products, and even do-it-yourself designs. There are categories listing aids of all kinds. Daily living aids, for instance, contains its own sub-categories for bathing, carrying, child care, clothing, dressing, drinking, feeding and 10 others.

Other major assistive device categories are for blind and low vision, communication, computers, controls, deaf and hard of hearing, deaf and blind, environmental adaptations, orthotics, prosthetics and nine others, all of which have their own sub-categories.

The new Web site is a huge advancement in helping the general public become aware of how much help is available to them in Halifax County, and a resource that has never before been available.

No longer will citizens have to wait on phone lines for hours trying to get needed assistance, and no longer will social service workers have to spend hours researching information on how to help their clients. Continue

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