A study to determine the housing needs of Red Deer’s older residents will turn to those who would know best what’s needed — seniors.
“We’re encouraging as many seniors as possible so we can good information about some of the seniors’ options currently available,” said Linda Healing, community facilitator with the city. The goal is also to discover where seniors see the shortcomings.
The city’s Seniors Appropriate Housing Committee has kickstarted the research effort to get a picture of local needs by mailing out surveys to seniors working with agencies that serve those over the age of 65. A deadline of Dec. 4 has been set for dropping off the questionnaires.
Surveys can be dropped off at the Golden Circle, Senior Citizens Downtown House, Pines Lodge or the main floor of City Hall. Surveys can also be given to the manager of local care facilities.
The committee is also looking for seniors willing to participate in focus groups and discussing housing issues in one-on-one interviews:
* Monday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Victoria Park, 9 Avery St.
* Tuesday, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Golden Circle, 4620 47A Ave.
* Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Redwoods, 6 Daykin St.
* Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Senior Citizens Downtown House, 5414 43rd St.
* Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Waskasoo Towers, 4809 34th St.