1. FY2019 Senior Services Provider Survey

The FY2019 Senior Services Provider Survey is part of an effort to gather information about senior and provider needs as the Alaska Commission on Aging with the State Plan Advisory Council develop the new state Plan for Senior Services, which will cover fiscal years 2020 through 2023.
As a senior provider, your responses will be used to help develop a core set of goals, objectives, strategies, performance measures and a review of the Nutrition, Transportation and Support Services Grants for the new State Plan for Senior Services. Alaska's State Plan for Senior Services satisfies a federal requirement of all states receiving federal funds under the Older Americans Act their senior programs and services. These funds provide support for an array of senior services including home-delivered meals, congregate meals, transportation, family caregiver respite, in-home supports, elder safety, the Senior Voice, and much more.
Your answers will be totally anonymous. No one will know that these responses come from you. Please complete this survey by December 1, 2018. Please know that your voice matters. As providers of senior services, your opinions are important to the state and will help to develop a plan that is truly responsive to senior needs around the state.
Thank you!
Gordon Glaser & Denise Daniello

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* 1. What is the name of your parent organization?

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* 2. What type of agency do you work for?

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* 3. Please tell us which age category you fall in.

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* 4. What is your position in your agency?

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* 5. Which areas in the State of Alaska does your parent agency serve? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 6. What type(s) of services does your program provide for seniors? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 7. What type(s) of funding does your agency receive, either for specific services or generally? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 8. How does the number of senior consumers served in FY2018 compare to the number of seniors served five years ago in FY2013?

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* 9. How many senior consumers do you expect to serve five years from now in FY2023?

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* 10. If you expect to serve fewer senior consumers in FY2023, what do you think the reason(s) might be? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 11. If you expect to serve more seniors consumers in FY2023, please tell us the reason(s) for this projected increase (Please check all that apply.)

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* 12. Based on your interactions with seniors and their families, please choose the top five most important issues from the list below facing older adults today with 1 being the most important issue.

  1 2 3 4 5
Financial need (not enough food, money to cover energy costs, etc)
Elder abuse and financial exploitation
Finding affordable, accessible senior housing
Respite for caregivers
Legal assistance
Assistance with housing modifications
Assisted living or long-term care facility
Health promotion activities (fall prevention, chronic disease management, health screening and risk assessments, exercise classes etc.)
In-home services
Aging and Disability Resource (ADRC) or other information/referral services
Dementia care
Transportation
Access to primary health care services (such as finding a health care provider who accepts Medicare insurance)
Need for more senior center activities
Behavioral health/mental health services for older adults
Public safety
Health Care Costs including dental, hearing aids and vision

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* 13. Are there any other urgent needs that you hear about from people you serve? Please list them.

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* 14. Based on your observations, do you perceive any barriers for older adults being able to access the following services is your area:

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Primary health care
Health care costs including dental, hearing aids and vision
Transportation
Behavioral health/mental health services
Information about services for seniors (Aging and Disability Resource center)
Affordable, accessible senior housing
Assisted living homes
Elder protection
Hospice/palliative care
Emergency planning and preparedness 
Public safety
Geriatric health care services
In-home personal services
Vocational training
Assistance with home modifications
Nursing home care
Legal assistance
Dementia care (adult day, in-home supports)
Caregiver supports (respite, training, counseling and support groups)

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* 15. CONTINUUM OF CARE. Please select the five most important senior services that are missing or insufficient to meet the needs of seniors in your service area with 1 being the most important.

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Information and referral services 
Senior vocational training
Transportation 
Independent senior housing 
Behavioral mental health services for older adults
Legal assistance 
Volunteer programs 
Health promotion/disease prevention classes activities/age appropriate exercise classes 
Chore/homemaker assistance 
Home repair/modification for accessibility 
Adult day services
Senior meals (congregate and or home-delivered meals)
In-home respite care
Personal care services
Palliative and Hospice care
Family caregiver supports
Access to primary care or other medical care (excluding dental)
Health care services including dental, vision and hearing
Public safety
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) for information and referral
Emergency planning and preparedness 
Senior center activities/services
Elder safety

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* 16. GOALS. The current state plan has six goals. Please tell us whether you think we should keep each one "as-is," "modify it, narrow the focus," modify it, expand the focus," or "drop it."

  Keep Goal As Is Modify this Goal, Narrow the Focus Modify this Goal, Expand the Focus Drop this Goal Not Sure
Goal 1: Promote healthy aging and provide access to comprehensive and integrated health care.
Goal 2: Assist seniors with financial planning, pursuing employment opportunities, and promoting awareness of and access to economic benefits and support services.
Goal 3: Protect vulnerable seniors from abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and exploitation.
Goal 4: Ensure seniors have access to quality, affordable, accessible, safe, and appropriate senior housing across the continuum of care.
Goal 5: Promote opportunities for meaningful aging, intergenerational connectivity, and civic engagement
Goal 6: Provide person-centered quality, and affordable home- and community-based long-term support services to provide seniors and the highest quality of life.

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* 17. Are there any goals that you think should be added to Alaska's State Plan for Senior Services? If yes, please comment below.

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* 18. Does your agency receive Nutrition and Transportation Services (NTS) funding?

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