Performance Measure H14

Number of caregivers of homebound OR older adults and individuals with disabilities who reported having increased social ties/perceived social support.
Goal 1: Healthy Futures: Aging in Place

Definition of Key Terms

Homebound: Individuals unable to leave their personal residence due to disability, injury, or age; may be a short term or long term need; for example, an individual may have a broken hip that prevents them from driving for a few months but after the injury has healed they no longer require help to live independently.
Older Adults: Individuals age 65 or older.
Individual with a Disability: An individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such an impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment.
Respite Services: Services that provide temporary relief from the stresses of care giving by providing short term assistance to an adult who is the primary caregiver for a person with chronic disabilities, Alzheimer’s, developmental disabilities, etc.; not all caregivers will require the same supports.
Social ties/perceived social support: Relationships with other people and/or the belief that these people will offer (or have offered) effective help during times of need.

How to Calculate/ Measure/ Collect Data

At the outset of the activity the grantee should indicate the “dosage,” or how many sessions, days or hours of the service are required to influence the desired outcomes.
Only count clients who received some minimum “dosage” that can be expected to have some effect in terms of reducing social isolation. 
Programs should collect data for this measure from surveys of the homebound older adults/individuals with disabilities who received companionship services or a survey of a family member or caseworker for those unable to respond to a survey themselves.

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