“The team has worked extremely hard to get the new website ready for consumers and I’m proud to finally show off the final product,” says David Baker, CEO & Founder of DPS Publishing.
The improved AgedCareGuide.com.au is DPS’ answer to the changes currently happening in the aged care sector, which ultimately give consumers more choice and control about the services they receive in an increasingly competitive market.
“Australia’s aged care industry is in exciting times and facing new challenges; we have an ageing population and over the past few years, we have seen changes in legislation and expectations,” Mr Baker says.
“The new website puts users in the driver’s seat and helps them find the latest aged care information and compare the best care options available to them,” he adds.
“The new Aged Care Guide is not just a make over,” says Chief Software Developer Ben Fitzgerald, “it’s a complete build from the ground up and is a brilliant foundation upon which new functionality and applications will be launched in the coming months.
“The mobile view is critical for consumers because a third of users visit the website from their smart phones.”
The improved aged care information portal is a complete library of useful, independent information aimed at informing and educating users about the aged care options available to them.
All Government funded residential aged care facilities and community packages and programs in Australia are comprehensively listed on the relaunched, mobile-friendly, website as well as a directory of retirement villages.
Mr Baker says: “With the introduction of Consumer Directed Care people have increased independence and choice over the services they receive. However knowing what support is available, how to access aged care services and even the process of moving into a nursing home or serviced apartment can be confusing."
AgedCareGuide.com.au has a strong consumer focus, is easy to navigate, and the unique, dynamic mapping capability quickly helps users find all the aged care service providers specific to their needs or in their neighbourhood, and if there is a vacancy.
“What we are offering is a complete resource to help people make choices and understand how the process works,” Mr Baker says.
“Our aim is to grow the library of relevant and informative resources of the highest quality for those with a personal or professional interest in aged care,” he continues.
Mr Baker adds that DPS Publishing, which also offers the printed DPS Guide to Aged Care free of charge to older people and their families through the ACAT and Hospitals, constantly reviews and enhances the way it delivers information.
“We’ll continue to look at innovative ways to convey the latest aged care and community care developments to our users, and incorporate these in the future.”