Agency Conducting Senior Housing Needs Assessment

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc. wants to address the needs of the aging population and is currently conducting a Senior Housing Needs Assessment survey, announced Julie Fenton of the CCAAA at Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting.

The survey is a part of the agency’s practice of seeking input on how to improve its services, said Fenton. It is being conducted in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, and it has been published on the CCAAA Web site.

According to Fenton, the survey consists of 31 questions, and the agency is strongly encouraging any community members who are age 50 or older to take part. “The goal is to learn about the current and future housing needs and the preferences of older adults throughout the county,” she said.

“We also hope to identify what assistance older adults would need in order to remain safely in their own homes, or to down-size into a different home.” She said all of the information will be analyzed by a consulting firm and be supplied to various community agencies to assist in planning for the future.

Fenton said the survey should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and all responses will remain confidential. If anyone prefers to complete the survey on paper, hard copies are available at the CCAAA office at 103 N. Front St., Clearfield.

Also, interested participants may call the office at 814-765-2696 or toll free at 800-225-8571 to request a hard copy of the survey to be sent out by mail. The survey will remain available online through June 30.

Commissioner Mark B. McCracken said he hoped the survey would be helpful to older adults who want to remain in their home communities, such as Coalport, Houtzdale and Karthaus. As well, Commissioner John A. Sobel, chair, thanked the agency for its efforts, which are vital to the growing population of older adults.

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