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Caregiver Friendly Communities Assessment

Understand How Your Community Can Better Support Family Caregivers

illustration of different community supports for family caregiversThe 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).

The assessment measures how well your community performs across eight support domains important to family caregivers.

  1. In-Home Care and Respite
  2. Care Management
  3. Caregiver Training and Education
  4. Caregiver Social/Emotional Support
  5. Safe, Affordable, Accessible Housing
  6. Financial & Legal Information
  7. Transportation
  8. Healthcare Services

Once you complete the online assessment, you’ll receive a custom report containing a caregiver-friendliness score with details regarding the 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.

Who should participate in the assessment process?illustration of people moving together oversized puzzle pieces

  • Aging network professionals
  • Advocates
  • Community leaders
  • City and County employees

How does it work?

Download the pdf first so you can think through your responses

Start by downloading a pdf version of the assessment. We recommend printing it out and using it to think through the questions before finalizing your answers online. It might be good to work as a team–recruiting one or two other people in your community who can give their perspective as well. You can then meet and compare thoughts before entering answers for your community.

There are two different versions of the assessment: One designed for those who would like to assess countywide resources and one for those who would like to assess resources at a city/township level.

Enter your answers online

Once you have finalized your answers, complete the assessment online. It includes 69 questions and takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Get your results and take action

When you’ve completed the assessment, you will be emailed receive an email with a custom report for your community. It will list your community’s strengths and weaknesses and let you know in which of the eight support domains you may need to improve. It will also direct you back to this website where you can browse the Best Practices (see below) for each domain that we have compiled to help you understand practical steps your community can take to improve support for family caregivers.

Questions and more info?

Amanda Sears is available to answer questions and provide help. You can reach Amanda by email or by phone at (248) 262-9222.

Best Practices

We are in an on-going process of compiling Best Practices in each of our eight support domains. Use these for inspiration and understanding and to build a community that better supports family caregivers and older adults. Do you have a best practice you’d like to share? Contact Amanda Sears at the Area Agency on Aging 1-B by email or by phone at (248) 262-9222.