In an effort to assess the needs of older adults in Chaffee County, Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH), in collaboration with representatives from Sage Generation, Ark Valley Helping Hands, Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, Department of Human Services and several community volunteers, has announced the launch of a Senior Needs Assessment Survey.

The survey is one of several activities associated with conducting a senior needs assessment that will help inform the development of a multi-year strategic plan focused on resources, services, and support for older adults and elders in Chaffee County.

“In the 2017-2021 Chaffee County Community Health Improvement Plan, senior services and supports is a top priority,’ said Chaffee County Dept. of Health Executive Director Andrea Carlstrom. “This assessment and resulting plan will help us understand the current local landscape for seniors in our community while being thoughtful and intentional on what innovative solutions we pursue.”

The electronic survey can be found here , Paper copies can be picked up at CCPH’s Salida office at 448 East First St., Suite 137 or sent via mail by request.  The survey is open now, and will remain open for the coming month of January, 2020.  Participants can include their contact information with the survey to be entered into a drawing for a gift card.

More than 50 key informant interviews have already been conducted, and several community forums will be held early in the year to ensure that as many voices are heard and different perspectives are shared.

“Once a thorough assessment is completed, Chaffee County will have the data, both qualitative and quantitative, to support meaningful activities that meet the needs of current and future seniors in our rural community,” said Carlstrom. “The Chaffee County Senior Master Plan will help ensure that seniors and their families have the services and supports necessary to thrive.”

CCPH was awarded a recent grant from the NextFifty Initiative to conduct the assessment and create the plan.

“CCPH is grateful for the funding necessary to conduct an assessment and create a plan.  In addition, we have a fantastic group of dedicated community partners and members who are assisting CCPH in this process.  We want to hear from as many seniors as possible, so please consider taking the survey today,“ added Carlstrom.