DUNMORE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Calling all seniors and soon-to-be seniors! Lackawanna County is looking to hear from you!
Starting Wednesday, officials are now seeking information to improve senior services from Carbondale to Moosic and everywhere in between.
With the help of money from the Moses Taylor Foundation, the county is launching a “needs assessment” survey of area seniors.
County leaders are asking seniors, future seniors as well as caregivers to fill out one of three different surveys.
There was a lot of paperwork inside in the Dunmore Senior Center Wednesday afternoon.
The Lackawanna County Area Agency on Agency has hired the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development to study what local senior citizens need.
“We need to know what the problems are before we can help solve them. We’re not going to guess!” Teri Ooms, director of the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development said.
Surveyors will be asking Lackawanna County seniors, over the age of 65, to fill out one survey.
People between the ages of 55 and 64 will get a survey that’s a little different.
A family caregivers survey is also available.
The county wants to know what issues those groups are facing.
It could range from housing to legal services and even public transportation.
“We see everyday that the older adult population is changing in Lackawanna County and we want to make sure we’re getting feedback from those individuals that we’re doing the right thing, by them, in terms of services,” Jason Kavulich with the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging said.
The surveys can be taken online.
They will also be mailed out to homes and given out by healthcare institutions and providers.
“I think everybody’s voice matters and we need to let the community, our residents and the elderly population know that their voice matters,” Brenda Conlon with the Saber Healthcare Group said.
The goal of the survey will be to help create programs and services that seniors will actually use and will benefit the most people.
“The breadth of the survey is really wide. It’s very lengthy but it really is designed to flush out priorities and needs of senior citizens as they’re facing them today,” Ooms said.
Lackawanna County is hoping seniors will do the surveys as soon as possible but the county is looking to have them all completed by January.
That is when researchers will begin analyzing the results.
A final report is expected in the spring.
If you’d like to take the surveys online, visit the appropriate link:
Senior Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LacAAA_Seniors
Future Seniors: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LacAAA_FutureSeniors
Family Caregivers: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LacAAA_Caregivers