Southwest Idaho Area Agency on Aging: Needs Assessment

The Southwest Idaho Area Agency on Aging (SWIA3) is funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA). SWIA3 is asking for feedback to enhance and improve senior services in Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington Counties.

SWIA3 helps coordinate and offer supportive services to assist older adults to remain living independently and engaged in their communities. These supportive services are offered in collaboration with numerous community partner organizations that can respond quickly and efficiently to the needs of adults as they age.

The needs assessment is available online, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWIA3. To request a paper copy of the assessment, or for translation assistance you may contact AAA staff at 208-898-7060 or 1-844-850-2883.

Your responses are anonymous. The deadline to return/complete the questionnaire is January 31, 2022, and results will be posted on the Area Agency on Aging’s website at www.a3ssa.com in the coming months. If you have questions, you can contact Jan Adams at 208-898-9642, 1-844-850-2883 or by email at jan.adams@a3ssa.com.

Question Title

* 1. I am completing this survey for:

If you are completing this survey for someone else please select the responses that apply to that person.

Question Title

* 2. What county do you live in?

Question Title

* 3. What city do you live in?

Question Title

* 4. What is your gender?

Question Title

* 5. What is your age?

Question Title

* 6. Are you a Veteran?

Question Title

* 7. Are you the spouse of a Veteran?

Question Title

* 8. Which of the following best describes you?

Question Title

* 9. What is your marital status?

Question Title

* 10. Is your monthly income:  (Please select one)

Question Title

* 11. How many people, including yourself, live in your household?

Question Title

* 12. Who lives with you? (check all that apply)

Question Title

* 13. What is your employment status?

Question Title

* 14. Do you have any family, friends or neighbors that contact you at least twice a week?

Question Title

* 15. COVID-19 has affected each of our lives differently. Over the last year we have learned about the individual and collective impact of social isolation and loneliness. Social isolation is commonly described as a lack of relationships or infrequent social contact, while loneliness is defined as the subjective perception of being alone. Research suggests that remaining socially engaged improves the quality of life for older adults and is associated with better health.

What are some of the ways that you remain socially engaged or active in the community in which you live?  (check all that apply)

Question Title

* 16. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a nutritious meal incorporates a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy, and lean protein options, and limits processed oils, fats, and sugar.

Would you say that you have ongoing, adequate access to nutritious food?

Question Title

* 17. Is there anything keeping you from eating nutritious meals? (check all that apply)

Question Title

* 18. On a typical day, what do you do for lunch?

Question Title

* 19. Do you need help with any of the following activities? (check all that apply)

Question Title

* 20. Are you currently receiving the assistance to meet your needs?

Question Title

* 21. If you need help with any of the above activities and currently DO NOT receive that help, is it because: (check all that apply)

Question Title

* 22. If you ever needed assistance or you needed more assistance, is there someone you know that you could call to get the assistance you need? (check all that apply)

Question Title

* 23. Do you provide unpaid care for one or more family members or friends on a regular basis?
(If you are completing this survey for someone else, please select the response that applies to that person)

Question Title

* 24. Whom do you provide care for?
(If you are completing this survey for someone else, please select the response that applies to that person)

Question Title

* 25. How many hours per week do you spend providing care for this person or persons?
(If you are completing this survey for someone else, please select the response that applies to that person)

Question Title

* 26. What kinds of assistance could you use more help in within your caregiving role? (check all that apply)
(If you are completing this survey for someone else, please select the response that applies to that person)

Question Title

* 27. How do you find out about community activities, events and resources? (check all that apply)

Question Title

* 28. For most of your trips, how do you travel? (please select one)

Question Title

* 29. Within the last twelve months, have you used a public transportation service? (check all that apply)

Question Title

* 30. How often has it been difficult for you to arrange transportation for each of the following activities?

  Frequently Sometimes Never
Medical trips
Shopping
Personal errands
Recreational or social trips

Question Title

* 31. When you have trouble getting the transportation you need, what would you say are the reasons? (check all that apply)

Question Title

* 32. Do you have a computer/tablet at home?

Question Title

* 33. Do you send and receive email?

Question Title

* 34. Do you search the internet for information?

Question Title

* 35. Within the last 12 months have you utilized assistance or support from one or more of the following services the Area Agency on Aging is able to offer? (check all that apply)

Question Title

* 36. Have you EVER utilized assistance or support from one or more of the following services the Area Agency on Aging is able to offer? (check all that apply)

Question Title

* 37. Do you go to a local senior center for meals or activities?

Question Title

* 38. Which nutrition provider/senior center do you attend or receive meals from?

Question Title

* 39. What do you like most about the senior center you attend?

Question Title

* 40. Would you recommend the meal program to a friend?

Question Title

* 41. If you do not go to the local senior center for meals or activities, why not?

Question Title

* 42. Please tell us how you would respond to an emergency, such as a fire, earthquake, severe weather or flood:

  Yes No
In case of an emergency or disaster, you have talked with a doctor about an emergency back-up plan for any needed medical treatments, such as oxygen, dialysis, or chemotherapy
You have a Grab and Go Bag ready that includes water, medications, food that won’t spoil, can opener, utensils, plate and cup, underwear and socks, wipes, flashlight and a radio with batteries
If you have a pet, Grab and Go Bag includes food and water for your pet
Supplies in Grab and Go Bag would last for at least three (3) days
If ordered to evacuate, you could leave home and travel to a safe place without help
Signed up to receive Reverse 911 calls or emergency text message alerts from county Sheriff’s Office or local public safety office
Have spoken with friends, family and/or neighbors about the help you might need, including the evacuation plans, if a disaster occurs
Keep a list of medications, emergency contacts and physicians in Grab and Go Bag.

Question Title

* 43. Which services do you use now, and which services do you think you'll need to start using in the next 12 months?

  Use now May start using in the next 12 months
May start using in the next 5 years
Meals delivered to my home
A break from caregiving to take care of my own needs
In-home care with personal care
Help with Medicare options and issues
Meals at a senior center
In-home help with housekeeping
Shuttle/bus to pick me up at home and take me to place I need to go
Help with my caregiving role, i.e. counseling, caregiver training, support group

Question Title

* 44. Other comments you would like to make?

0 of 44 answered
 

T