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Senior Services Needs Assessment in Progress
Release Date: January 06, 2012

Senior Services Needs Assessment in Progress

(Newton, NJ) The Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Senior Services is conducting a survey to identify the needs of seniors aged 60+ who reside in the County. Data collected from the survey will help the Division identify and prioritize programs and services that will be funded in the future. Examples of currently funded programs include, but are not limited to, information and assistance, transportation, legal services, home health services, care management, medication management, nutrition programs, meals on wheels and adult day care. Every three years the Division of Senior Services must develop an Area Plan that is submitted to the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Aging and Community Services for approval. The plan is updated for the interim years. The Area Plan identifies current senior citizen needs and trends and the programs and services that will be funded to address them.

All seniors are asked to complete a Needs Assessment Survey. Lorraine Hentz, Director of the Sussex County Division of Senior Services states, "It is critical to get feedback from seniors of all income levels, living situations, as well as health status so that we can plan accordingly. Efforts are being made to reach the homebound through service providers." Each senior (age 60 +) is asked to complete the brief survey. If you are a couple, each person should complete their own survey. Only one survey per person should be submitted. Caregivers may fill-out the survey for loved ones who are unable to complete one for themselves.

The Needs Assessment Survey is available at various seniors clubs, senior housing sites and service provider agencies, as well as the Division of Senior Services office. The survey may also be downloaded from the Senior Services website, www.sussex.nj.us/seniorservices, and returned by fax. For additional information, a copy of the survey, or to obtain multiple copies of the survey to distribute via clubs, service agencies, churches etc., contact the Sussex County Division of Senior Services, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860, Phone: 973-579-0555, ext. 1222 Fax: 973-579-0550, or seniorservices@sussex.nj.us.

A program of the Department of Human Services, Stephen R. Gruchacz, Administrator, Division of Senior Services, Lorraine Hentz, Division Director, One Spring Street, Newton, N.J. 07860 Office Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Phone 973-579-0555 Fax 973-579-0550 seniorservices@sussex.nj.us

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