Caregiver Friendly Communities Assessment

About

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) helps people access the services and programs they need to remain living independently and with dignity in their own home or with family caregivers.

We developed this assessment with generous grant funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, and in partnership with LaTosch Consulting and Learning Ninjas. The purpose is to help improve the quality of life for caregivers and older adults by measuring how well a community supports informal and family caregivers. We also seek to provide actionable recommendations for improvements to a community’s caregiver service delivery network based on an objective assessment of existing services.

Development of the Caregiver Friendly Communities Assessment was a recommendation of the AAA 1-B’s Advisory Council 2017 report Improving Access to Caregiving Resources through Creation of Caregiver Friendly Communities. The assessment development began in 2018 and continued through 2020 with a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The Caregiver Friendly Communities Assessment is the first of its kind in the country to measure the comprehensiveness and adequacy of community-level caregiver supports.

It takes approximately 2-3 days total to complete the Caregiver Friendly Communities Assessment. This includes the time to review the assessment questions, gather information to answer the questions, and enter the answers into the online assessment tool. The first step in completing the assessment is printing out a PDF version of the assessment. We recommend reading and completing the guide first, then returning to enter answers here, in the online assessment tool. Please note you must create a free account or log into your existing account to download the assessment guide.

Who Are We?
Established in 1974, the AAA 1-B is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization with a rich history of supporting older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers in southeast Michigan. We are part of a national network of Area Agencies on Aging and a leader in aging services in a six-county region that includes Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties. We help people access the services and programs they need to remain living independently and with dignity in their own home or with family caregivers. We provide direct care programs for seniors, along with funding and support for many programs provided by our community partner organizations.