Senior Services Needs Assessment in Progress Release Date: January 30, 2009
SENIOR SERVICES NEEDS ASSESSMENT IN PROGRESS
The Sussex County 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, respite programs 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 senior 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. Mary Lou Schnurr, Director of the Sussex County Division of Senior Services, states: “It is critical to get feedback from seniors of all income levels, living situations in the community, and all 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. Both members of a couple should complete a survey. Only one survey per person should be submitted. Caregivers may complete the survey for loved ones who are unable to do so.
The Needs Assessment survey is available at various senior clubs, senior housing sites, service provider agencies and the Division of Senior Services office. The survey may also be downloaded from the Senior Services web-site and returned by fax, email, or U.S. mail. A Spanish version of the Needs Assessment survey is also available.