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Network of Support for Community Living

www.sfnscl.net

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Network of Support for Community Living?


Network of Support for Community Living (www.sfnscl.net) is a comprehensive,
community-based Web site created to improve and better coordinate services for
the seniors and people with disabilities in San Francisco.

2. Is Network of Support for Community Living a replacement for SF-


GetCare?
Partially. As of July 1, 2005 the online resource directory component of SF-
GetCare will no longer be available. Network of Support for Community Living will
include San Francisco’s online resource directory for people with disabilities and
seniors. The Care Tool, Service Reporting Tool, Home Delivered Meals Clearing
House, Targeted Case Management, Laguna Honda Hospital project will still be
accessed through SF-GetCare.

3. Who runs Network of Support for Community Living?


San Francisco’s Network of Support for Community Living Web site is sponsored
by The San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services and is a free
service to anyone on the internet. It is built, operated and maintained by Trilogy
Integrated Resources LLC (www.trilogyir.com).

4. Why are you introducing a new web site in such difficult financial times?
After over a year of evaluation and community input, it was determined that the
community wanted a more up-to-date, user friendly electronic resource to rely on.
It was also determined that the Network of Support for Community Living is
significantly less expensive to maintain. Network of Support for Community Living
offers the community a better tool for less money.

5. Does Network of Support for Community Living exist in other California


counties?
Trilogy has created similar websites for 16 other California Counties: Alameda,
Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Kings, Monterey, Plumas, Riverside,
Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Tehama. In all
other counties the web site is called Network of Care. When developing the site for
San Francisco it became clear that something unique was underway. San
Franciscan’s wanted to take on the use of the word “care.” Many communities
across the country struggle with how to incorporate Independent Living philosophy
into their system of service and support. Many communities grapple with the
undesirable connotations associated with “long term care.” San Francisco does
not have the answer but we are moving toward the use of more inclusive
terminology that shows respect to everyone we serve and support.

For additional information please contact Jennifer Coffey at the


Department of Aging and Adult Services at (415) 355-6787, or email daas@sfgov.org
Network of Support for Community Living
www.sfnscl.net

6. How often is Network of Support for Community Living’s content


updated?
Network of Support for Community Living’s various channels are updated on
specific schedules. For example, the bill information in the Legislate section is
updated daily. The articles in the Library are reviewed quarterly and annually to
ensure accuracy, and new articles are added frequently. The database in the
Service Directory will initially be updated quarterly, and then move to a monthly
schedule of updates through a partnership with United Way’s Helplink, while the
Assistive Devices database is updated quarterly to provide the latest information.

7. What does Network of Support for Community Living offer that other Web
sites don’t?
Network of Support for Community Living offers a vast array of services and
information for seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers. It
was designed specifically to improve access to services in San Francisco County.
It strives to be accessible to those with limited computer or Web experience, those
with limited English, those with limited finances and those with physical disabilities.
Beside English, this site will have the information in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese,
Korean and Russian. Network of Support for Community Living offers all services
free of charge in one custom-built, user-friendly package.

8. What is the accessibility level of these sites?


Network of Support for Community Living is available in a text-only version that is
Bobby-approved and fully ADA-compliant (Level 3). The text-only version is
designed to be fully accessible to users with visual impairment and those who use
computer screen-reader programs. Network of Support for Community Living also
will be available in San Francisco County in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean
and Russian.

9. How can you ensure that seniors will use a service like this? How will you
encourage seniors to use the resource?
We know that of all Internet users, 17 percent are seniors, and seniors are the
fastest-growing user group on the Web. Almost all projections show that the
percentage of seniors using the Web will continue to increase, making the Internet
an almost universal tool for that population group. In response to that, San
Francisco County is positioning itself with this information tool so it’s ready to
serve the senior population, now and in the future.

Also, to make our services better known to seniors, we provide training to anyone
who wants to offer Network of Support for Community Living workshops at San
Francisco senior centers.

10. What security measures do you use to keep confidential information


secure in the My Record section?
We use the highest form of VeriSign security: 128-bit Secure Socket Layer
encryption. This system is basically hacker-proof.

For additional information please contact Jennifer Coffey at the


Department of Aging and Adult Services at (415) 355-6787, or email daas@sfgov.org