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At Home by High Community Survey Report

Across the country, communities are launching “Village” organizations to connect neighbors with neighbors and help people remain in their own homes as they age.  These membership-based organizations host social gatherings, plan group outings, and recruit volunteers from the neighborhood to help their members with yard work, errands, transportation, and other daily tasks that become more challenging as people grow older.  Columbus is already home to two Villages: Village Connections in German Village, and Village in the Ville in Clintonville.

After learning about their success and researching other Villages across the country, a group of neighbors in the Short North and Southern University District came together to explore the possibility of launching a Village for our neighborhoods, too.  We knew that we only wanted to launch if there was sufficient interest in our community, so we developed a planning team, gave ourselves the name At Home by High, and developed a community survey to assess interest. To see the full survey results click here.

Key Findings: 

  • An overwhelming majority of respondents (83 percent) stated it is very important or somewhat important to remain in their homes as they age.
  • More than half of those surveyed (67 percent) indicated that they would find one or more home services helpful for remaining independent in their homes.
  • Many respondents (83 percent) would like to attend more social activities if given the opportunity. There was particular interest in lifetime learning opportunities, community festivals, performing arts events, and get togethers at restaurants, wine bars, and coffee shops.
  • Although a majority of older adults stay in contact with their family and community members, 42 percent would like to visit other people more often.
  • Even though more than 80 percent of respondents still drive themselves, over 30 percent indicated they would like to receive one or more specific types of transportation assistance.

 

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