Seniors interested in taking part in an area plan survey, have through the weekend to complete a survey online or through the Department of Aging Office.
According to Lorie Sutton, director of the Sampson County Department of Aging, the agency is currently asking for participation in the Mid-Carolina Area Agency on Aging survey. This survey, Sutton said, is seeking input as the state agency develops the 2016-2020 area plan.
“They are specifically interested in information about the needs of older adults, caregivers, or persons with disabilities within your specific county in the region of Cumberland, Harnett and Sampson counties,” Sutton said.
The Mid-Carolina Area Agency on Aging is designated for planning, administration, and advocacy of services for persons aged 60 and older and their spouses who need assistance in order to remain as independent as possible. The programs through the agency are a product of The Older Americans Act of 1965. Through federal legislation, funds from federal, state and local dollars are available to fund these services for older adults.
“Caregivers of disabled or older adults, older adults, disabled adults and providers who offer help to disabled and older adults or disabled people are asked to complete this survey,” Sutton said.
According to Sutton, The Mid-Carolina Area Agency on Aging serves three functions for older adults. Through the survey, agency officials will be able to determine what resources are needed to serve these adults and their caregivers.
After collection of information on population, needs and resources available, through the survey, the Home and Community Care Block Grant Committee (appointed by County Commissioners) and the Area Agency on Aging staff plan for services to be provided to the 60-plus population.
Various agencies are contracted with to provide those services which, through the planning process, prove to be the most necessary in order for the 60-plus population to remain as independent as possible. Some of the administrative duties of the Area Agency on Aging are to contract, monitor contracts, provide training to contractors and their staff and to compile program and fiscal reports.
Sutton said an online version of the survey is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MC1620. Deadline for submission of the survey is Feb. 29. Printable versions of the survey are also available at the Department of Aging office off Rowan Road.
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