Community Conversations: What is needed for senior services in our community?
Every four years the Area Agency on Aging is given the opportunity to provide our state and national authorities with a picture of older adults in our six-county region. Region 10 Community Living Services recently wrapped up an 11 stop Community Conversation tour. We visited nearly every community served by Region 10, asking residents questions about aging in their community.
Stakeholders and older adult consumers were asked to provide input about what services are currently available and working for them and more importantly what needs are not currently being met. So far the most obvious gaps are a lack of hospice services, affordable housing, and transportation in several communities. Universally, older adults stated they want to remain in their homes, and will need a variety of services in order to accomplish that.
“So far the most obvious gaps are a lack of hospice services, affordable housing, and transportation in several communities. Universally, older adults stated they want to remain in their homes, and will need a variety of services in order to accomplish that.”
In our very rural areas bringing services to older adults makes much more sense than building facilities people don’t want to utilize. Our job is making sure that Older Americans Act and Older Coloradoans Act funding is used to best meet the needs of those we serve. Supportive programs like senior transportation, nutrition programs, homemaker, personal care, legal aid and caregiver support help people stay at home. It is often just a little extra support like a home delivered meal and some housekeeping that can keep a frail older adult at home.
The final four year plan is due May 2015 a summary of the Region 10 plan will be posted on the website. If you have ideas you would like share please call or email Eva Veitch at 970-249-2436 x 207 or firstname.lastname@example.org we want to hear from as many people as possible.