Every four years Clackamas County's Social Services puts together an area plan for community needs for older adults. In order to put together a plan for 2020, this year, it's sending out a survey online to see the needs of seniors and people with disabilities so they can support independence and quality of life. Such services might include transportation, in-home care, information and resource referral, energy assistance, family caregiver support and more.
The plan also will help support its community partners, whether the adult centers in Canby and Molalla or the Community Center in Wilsonville. This survey will help Social Services to guide the plan's priorities and work allowing the group to learn what's important to the county's residents and what each community needs most.
Currently, the survey is offered only in English, but by June 1, there will be links to it in Spanish and Russian. The survey in English is available here.
The survey asks nearly 50 questions, but is easy to fill out. Among the questions are walkability, accessibility of buildings, ability to see and use street signs, mortgage and property tax affordability and do you need help with maintenance. Others talk about long term care; actively involved with friends and family; help for shut-ins; transportation; doctors and dentists; public transportation; exercise; diets; loneliness and participation in social, cultural or civic activities.
"Social services staff and the Aging Services Advisory Council will use the results of this survey to decide what types of programs to offer for seniors and people with disabilities through 2024," said Brenda Durbin in an email.
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