Norfolk, VA - March 2, 2001 - Your aging mother is displaying signs of Alzheimer's disease. Your 85-year-old father who prides himself on living alone is beginning to need some assistance beyond what you're able to give. Where can you and your family turn for information about facilities and services located near you?
Now you can log onto www.SeniorNavigator.com and have these and other resources on health and aging right at your fingertips.
In a partnership with the Virginia Health Care Foundation, AOL Time Warner Foundation, CollisWarner Foundation and other health care agencies in the state, Sentara Healthcare is proud to announce the official launch of SeniorNavigator.com. SeniorNavigator.com is a non-profit subsidiary of the Virginia Health Care Foundation and Virginia's Internet site for information on seniors, health and aging. Unveiled today at Sentara Village assisted living facility in Virginia Beach, SeniorNavigator.com is a one-stop shop for seniors, their family members and for the dedicated professionals who work closely with older Americans.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with the Virginia Heath Care Foundation and the AOL Foundation to introduce SeniorNavigator.com to our community," said Mary Blunt, Vice President of Life Care, the division of Sentara Healthcare that is taking the lead on the project for Sentara. "We feel confident that it will be a great asset to our seniors as well as their families and caregivers. Not to mention the value it will have for our employees."
By becoming familiar with the SeniorNavigator.com site, for example, employees who work for Sentara's Life Care and Home Care Divisions will be better able to assist clients and their families in locating information on health and aging. SeniorNavigator.com incorporates high tech with local expertise by training SeniorNavigators in our community -- people who have regular contact with seniors and who can help them navigate the site. The site is being maintained and continuously updated in close cooperation with Sentara by employees from SeniorNavigator.com, headquartered in Richmond.
Designed to be easier to maneuver than general Internet search engines, the site offers information in nine topical areas: medical concerns; health care providers; pharmacy forum; insurance and benefits; future planning; assets and liabilities; housing; legal; and community. Local information on the site includes descriptions of services and providers, hours of operation, cost and method of payment, eligibility criteria, maps, available transportation and contact names and numbers.