At Home In Darien offers survey results

To the Editor:

At Home In Darien thanks the 295 seniors who responded to the survey mailed this spring.

Respondents were complimentary and candid, and provided more than 300 comments.

At Home In Darien will use the results to better grasp our demographics and to develop and enhance services that will reflect the needs of our community.

Highlights of the results are as follows:

  • Respondents – 62% female, 38% male. 54% married, 18% single and 27% widowed.
  • Range in age from 58 to 97 and have lived in Darien from 1 year to 90 years.
  • 32% live alone, 53% live with another, 15% live with more than one other person.
  • 88% want to live in their current home as long as possible which directly correlates to our mission to help Darien seniors live independently, comfortably, and with dignity in their own homes as long as possible.
  • There was an overwhelmingly positive response to our Out and About newsletter with regard to contents, appearance and frequency.  70% of respondents want to receive our monthly calendar of events by mail.
  • Regarding desired services, transportation was ranked first for having been used in the past, currently use or plan to use in the future, followed by referral to vetted service providers; volunteer services – including drivers, shoppers, and visitors; attending events; and calls for advice and guidance.
  • 43% offered to volunteer their services.
  • 78% of respondents ranked The Darien Library, followed by religious organizations, and the Darien Community Association as organizations they are involved with.
  • 86% requested a FREE membership card, which will not only allow seniors to have our contact information at their fingertips, but will give seniors access to a new program that will offer discounts/promotions with local businesses.

For more information, contact our office at 203-655-2227.
Anne McGuire
Board President
At Home In Darien

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