What Do Wyoming’s Older Adults, Caretakers Need?

(H/t WDH)
(H/t WDH)

Here’s your chance to comment

The Wyoming Department of Health’s (WDH) Aging Division is looking for feedback on the needs of Wyoming’s older adults and that of their care partners in Wyoming, the Department announced Friday.

Interested parties can participate in a survey that will provide information that will be used to develop a cohesive four-year plan, the “Wyoming Four-Year State Plan on Aging for 2021-25,” that will be essential in securing federal funding for state support programs for older adults.

The plan will also provide a statewide strategy to help nursing homes and assisted living facilities understand how best to help care for their older adult residents, the Jan. 22 WDH release stated.

“Prior research has identified the preference of people to continue living in their homes and communities as they age rather than transition to nursing homes or assisted living facilities,” said Jeff Clark, Community Living Section manager with WDH. “As we work on this plan, one thing we want to do is evaluate the state’s capacity to support these goals while also upholding necessary nursing homes and assisted living facilities.”

Clark said in the release that comments from older residents are valuable and encouraged, and that he hopes interested residents and healthcare providers will be the first to participate.

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“While we welcome everyone’s comments, we are especially interested in comments from older adults and those who care for and support them,” he said.

Follow the link to complete the voluntary online survey or call (307) 777-7995 to request a paper survey.

The survey will remain open for responses through February, per WDH.

For more information, click here.