The Elgin St. Thomas Age-Friendly Steering Committee is developing a community plan for residents of Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas.  An Age-Friendly community is one where policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environments support and enable older people to live in a secure environment, enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in their communities.  Work on the plan is underway and will be complete by the end of the year. 

This survey is one of several community consultation initiatives to be launched and is seeking the views of residents about the current environment for seniors in our area. It will take about 10 minutes to complete.  Findings will be presented at a Community Stakeholder Forum to be held at Elgin St. Thomas Public Health, 1230 Talbot Street in St. Thomas on Monday, June 5 and used to develop goals and objectives. 

We are interested in the opinions of all members of the community. Your answers will help us better understand the needs of older adults in Elgin St. Thomas.  Please complete this questionnaire no later than Wednesday, May 24, 2017.  Your responses will be confidential and will go directly to the consultants helping us with the project.

* A list of statements about services and supports for seniors in Elgin St. Thomas appears below.  Thinking of your local community, indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with each statement.  

It is not necessary to answer all the questions.  If you are unsure, or an item is not applicable to your area, leave it blank. 


Outdoor Spaces and Buildings:

  Agree Strongly Agree Somewhat Disagree Somewhat Disagree Strongly
Public areas are clean and pleasant
Buildings are accessible for individuals with limited mobility
Sidewalks are in good condition and free of obstructions
Snow and ice clearing on sidewalks is adequate
There are enough lanes for bicycles and scooters
There are enough pedestrian crossings
There are enough parking spaces for disabled individuals
It is easy for seniors  to get around walking

* Transportation:

  Agree Strongly Agree Somewhat Disagree Somewhat Disagree Strongly
Public transit is frequent and reliable
Bus stops are in convenient locations
Bus routes meet the needs of seniors
Sufficient special transit is available for people with limited mobility
Taxis are accessible and affordable
Parking is conveniently located
There are good options for volunteer, shuttle or pooled driving
There is a sufficient amount of information about transportation options for seniors
Other transit options are needed and should be explored

* Housing: 

  Agree Strongly Agree Somewhat Disagree Somewhat Disagree Strongly
Sufficient housing appropriate to the needs of seniors is available
Affordable home maintenance and renovation services are available
There are enough local retirement homes
There is an adequate number of long-term care beds in the community
There is an adequate amount of subsidized (rent geared to income) accessible accommodation
There are sufficient supports to allow seniors to remain in their homes (meals, housekeeping), personal care)
There is a sufficient amount of information about housing options for seniors

* Social and Recreational:

  Agree Strongly Agree Somewhat Disagree Somewhat Disagree Strongly
Clubs and social groups offer a good variety of activities of interest to older people
Recreation facilities meet the needs of seniors
There are adequate programs and leisure opportunities offered for seniors
Venues for events and activities are conveniently located
There are enough educational opportunities available for seniors
There are enough volunteer opportunities available for seniors
Activities, events and attractions are affordable
There is a sufficient amount of information about social and recreational opportunities in Elgin St. Thomas

* Health:

  Agree Strongly Agree Somewhat Disagree Somewhat Disagree Strongly
There is an adequate range of medical services available in Elgin St. Thomas
There is a sufficient amount of information about health services
Most health care providers are aware and sensitive to the unique needs of seniors
Services are well coordinated
Health services are available when needed
There is a sufficient amount of information about health services

* Community:

  Agree Strongly Agree Somewhat Disagree Somewhat Disagree Strongly
This is a safe and secure community for seniors
Cost-relief and financial support is available to seniors who need it
Retail and service staff are courteous and helpful to seniors
There are enough employment opportunities available for seniors
Seniors are welcomed at community events, activities and settings
Older people are recognized by the community for their past and present contributions
Decision making bodies welcome and use input from seniors

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