Action Phase 2: Engage and Assess

The second phase of becoming a Dementia Friendly city is where we engage with leaders in Tempe to accurately assess the strengths and weaknesses of the dementia readiness in our community.

Step 1:
Created assessment tool utilizing online surveys and in-person interviews for relevant sectors.

We personalized surveys created by Dementia Friendly America for our community and began asking community members to complete the appropriate assessment online.  

Step 2:
Complete City of Tempe self-assessment.

The City of Tempe was the first to complete an initial assessment with over 40 employees from every department answering questions about our city's strengths and weaknesses when it comes to dementia preparedness.  Click here for the results.

Step 3:
Engage other sectors in Tempe to assess their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to dementia readiness.

To accomplish this assessment, community leaders are are conducting surveys within each of the groups below.  If you are a member of one of these groups, please fill out the appropriate survey listed.

Family Members and Caregivers:

Family caregivers in dementia friendly communities can access service and support including counseling, support groups, caregiver coaching, care consultation, respite, and education and training on dementia and care needs.
  Take the assessment for caregivers

Business Community:

Businesses with dementia friendly customer service and human resource strategies can address the questions of how to meet the needs of customers with dementia and their care partners, as well as the needs of employees who are caring for someone with the disease. 
  Take the business sector assessment

Financial and legal services can bring peace of mind by helping vulnerable clients express their wishes early, avoid problems such as unpaid expenses, and help clients'  independence while protecting them from exploitation, financial abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
  Take the financial and legal sector assessment

Community Members and Community Organizations:

Communities of faith can become dementia friendly by training clergy and staff on how to recognize the signs of dementia, how to communicate effectively with people who have dementia and their families and by creating welcoming physical environments..
  Take the faith sector assessment

Providers of services and support programming play a critical role in a dementia friendly community, offering wellness programs, meaningful engagement activities, and services that support independence at home.
  Take the services and support programming sector assessment

Neighbors and community members often encounter people with dementia during the course of their daily lives. Having a comfort level for interacting with people with dementia and an awareness of when some assistance is needed can positively impact people with dementia and their families.
  Take the community member sector assessment

Health Care and Elder Care Organizations:

Health care clinics can play a critical role in a dementia friendly community from identification of cognitive impairment and assessment to management of dementia.
   Take the health care clinic assessment

Home care agencies play a critical role in a dementia friendly community, from identification of cognitive impairment to offering wellness programs and services that support independence at home.
  Take the home care agency assessment

Residential living communities support a dementia friendly city. They include living options such as independent living communities, assisted living residences, and nursing homes tailored to people with dementia.
  Take the assessment for those who operate a residential living community



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