Surveys seeking residential input on a local aging-in-place program were sent out May 24.

Surveys seeking residential input on a local aging-in-place program were sent out May 24.

Local officials say the responses will help them decide whether to proceed with establishing German Village Connections, said Carolyn McCall, chair of the German Village Society's long-range planning committee, which has been pursuing the matter.

"I think it's going to give us an indication of the level of interest that exists in the community and it's kind of a first-level inquiry into that," she said. "It's so important we get people's feedback, no matter what the feedback is."

The surveys were distributed to all of the community's 2,100 households. The society's board of trustees voted May 2 to spend $1,500 to distribute them.

Completed questionnaires are due by June 15 at the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St. Residents who return the surveys on time will be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to G. Michael's Bistro.

"The long-range planning committee is pursuing this venture in exactly the way the community should seeking input from the entire neighborhood," said Brian Santin, president of the German Village Society's board of trustees. "This affords us with the best gauge of the potential interest in this exciting project and can provide valuable insight into the variables that need to be accounted for as the German Village Connections idea takes shape."

The survey is designed to measure residents' interest in the services and their willingness to pay dues to belong to the organization.

The survey doesn't just apply to the senior population, McCall said. Young people can take the opportunity to show their interest in volunteering for the various duties that need to be done, she said.

The intent of the program is to offer a network of high-quality resources, services, programs and activities suited to meet the needs of daily living and the health and wellness of residents who wish to remain in their homes as they age.

Services could include transportation, medical and legal advocacy and vendor recommendations on home repair.

Members of the long-range planning committee began discussing the senior-care initiative last year. They have been researching other successful aging-in-place programs across the country to see if their ideas could be applied locally.

Committee members plan to examine the survey data and make a decision by the end of the year whether to create the program. It is unclear as to when the program would begin offering services, McCall said.

"There's so much work that would have to be done," she said. "We're making progress for sure. And I can say with certainty that the committee is quite optimistic about what lies ahead of us."