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Caregiver Network Project Partners in Washington County
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation grant #10200
The purpose of the Washington County Caregiver Needs and Resources Assessment Survey was to discover the extent of knowledge of available services for caregivers of older individuals in Washington County, as well as their perceptions on the strengths and deficiencies of these services. Participants included a total of 98 survey respondents from a diverse range of professions, 81 percent of which have been or currently are care providers. The survey spans 39 communities in Washington County. The survey concluded that only 40 percent of respondents were knowledgeable about local services, but most knew of general services. Eighty percent of respondents noted that they would utilize adult day services if they were available. Key challenges in Washington County that were concluded from this survey involve transportation, lack of formal resources/money for expanding services, respite, informal networks, and lack of awareness of formal resources. Strengths that were noted include family and friends that are willing to help, local resources, willingness to access resources when available, and resiliency and strength of caregivers. Future work may focus on considering the strengths while addressing the challenges of the community in this aspect.
University of Maine Center on Aging, "Washington County Community and Caregiver Needs Assessment Summary of Findings" (2011). Maine Center on Aging Research and Evaluation. 22.
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