Sussex County Seniors – Important Needs Assessment Survey – Determines Future Funding

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The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Senior Services is in the process of conducting a survey to identify the needs of seniors (age 60+) who reside in the County.

Data collected from the survey helps the Division identify and prioritize programs and services for future funding. Examples of currently funded programs include, but are not limited to, information and assistance, transportation, legal services, home health services, care management, congregate nutrition programs, and home delivered meals.

Every three years the Division of Senior Services develops an Area Plan that is submitted to the NJ State Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services for approval. The plan is updated in the interim years. The Area Plan identifies and incorporates current senior citizen needs and trends along with the programs and services that will be funded to address them.

Sussex County Health Services In1All seniors are encouraged and invited to complete a Needs Assessment Survey. Lorraine Hentz, Director of the Sussex County Division of Senior Services states, “It is critical to obtain feedback from seniors of all income levels, living situations, as well as health status so that we can plan accordingly. Efforts are being made to reach the homebound through service providers.” We are asking each senior (age 60 +) to complete the brief survey. If there is more than one person in the household, each person should complete their own survey. Only one survey per person should be submitted. Caregivers may complete the survey for a loved one who is unable to complete the form. All information is confidential.

The Needs Assessment Survey will be available at through various seniors clubs, senior housing sites, and service provider agencies, as well as the Division of Senior Services office. The survey may also be downloaded from the Senior Services website at

http://www.sussex.nj.us/documents/dhs/srsvcs/2021/2021-needs-assessment-survey.pdf and returned by fax to the Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0550. For additional information, a copy of the survey, or to obtain multiple copies of the survey to distribute to clubs, service agencies, churches, etc., please contact the Sussex County Division of Senior Services, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860, by calling 973-579-0555, ext. 1222, or via email at seniorservices@sussex.nj.us.

Note: Seniors in Hopatcong that don't have access to a fax to return the forms, can drop them off at the Hopatcong Senior Center.


 

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