Care Website “Reminder” for Islanders

Monday 14 July 09:05

Islanders are being reminded about a website dedicated to local information about care in Jersey.

The Jersey Online Directory (known as JOD) was launched last November and aims to give swift access to all types of information about care in Jersey. It was funded by the Health and Social Services Department and is supported by the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. The latest information available on it is about approved agencies for home care in Jersey, who have met recommendations to be able to provide care at home for adults over 18.

On Monday, the Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Anne Pryke, and Lady Birt, wife of the Bailiff, who is Patron of local charities, Brighter Futures, Soroptomists, and the Carers Association will visit CAB to meet staff, view the JOD and see what has been added to the site since its inception, and how it is used.

JOD (www.jod.je) has been designed to be easily accessible, containing only local information, so Islanders searching for information about home care, life in Jersey and other support available can find it quickly and easily.

JOD draws together information from over 400 websites and is steadily growing and now has over 3,000 registered users and has had over 10,000 page hits since its launch date last year. It contains sections on help at home, health and wellbeing, residential care, money matters, and primary care as well as other sections. It is colour coded and is searchable by parish.

It is based on a similar site developed by authorities in Plymouth, which took three years to develop, and was created by a company called Open Access.

Malcolm Ferey, manager of the Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “We have had good feedback from people about JOD. Users tell us it is easy to use, and they enjoy using it. We’ve been told that it is informative, integrated, and easy to use with a powerful search tool for keywords.

We’re pleased to be able to offer it and think it’s ideal that so much information for islanders is in one place.”

Deputy Pryke said: “We are extremely pleased with the development of JOD, which is part of the ongoing work we’re doing to develop health and social care services for islanders. We know that it is essential to have access to accurate, up to date information online, in a dedicated local site.

“One of our aims through re-designing our health and social care systems to cater for older Islanders is to acknowledge the fact that many people will require care in their own homes. JOD has all approved home care agencies in one place, to make a search that little bit easier. We hope that islanders continue to find it useful, and to refer to it wherever possible.”

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