The Caregiver Friendly Communities Assessment is an online tool that seeks to measure how well a community (city, township, village or county) supports informal or family caregivers (people who provide unpaid care to an aging or chronically ill parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, partner or other loved one).
Once you complete the online assessment, you’ll receive a custom report containing a caregiver-friendliness score with details regarding the strengths and weaknesses of your community, along with recommendations for areas of improvement. You can use the report to explore our Best Practices Section for each support domain.
Assess your community’s support for caregivers. Visit caregiverfriendlycommunities.org for more information and to take the assessment today!
We are available to answer questions and provide help. Contact us by email or by phone at (248) 262-9222.
Below, you will find best practices for eight specific care domains. These best practices combine the latest in national research with the results of surveys and focus groups conducted by the AAA 1-B. Download our Best Practices Overview for more specifics on how these best practices were developed. You can also download a list of General Resources for Aging and Caregiving to share with older adults and caregivers in your community. A List of Citations is also available.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Inclusion in the best practices is not an endorsement or recommendation for any intervention or program.
Representatives from five Michigan communities participated as beta testers, providing significant feedback on the development process. We greatly appreciate their time and feedback.
Representatives from fifteen additional Michigan communities participated in additional testing to refine the assessment prior to public launch. Their feedback was valuable in shaping the assessment.