Powerful, cultural norms of ageism and ableism in our society have been absorbed unknowingly by many people, including older individuals themselves. This means that sometimes older people hold negative views of their own aging and/or of other older people. It is therefore critical to involve older people in your organization’s journey towards age and ability inclusion.
To assist with scoring and responding to the assessment, you can print out the Organizational Assessment Form and follow along.
For each statement, respond with: Fully Met, Partially Met, Not Met, Don’t Know, or Not Applicable (NA). Also take a moment to write down for each statement the things that you can improve, and the good things that you can build on.
Domain C Assessment
C1. Residents are educated about ageism and ableism.
C2. Residents have been actively engaged in developing a vision for an age and ability inclusive environment.
C3. Residents are educated about dementia and how they can support friends and neighbors living with dementia.
C4. There are norms of inclusion for residents of all physical and cognitive abilities. Some examples include:
- All residents/tenants are welcome throughout the community—regardless of physical or cognitive ability
- People living with dementia are welcome throughout the community
- Friendships across levels of living (when relevant) are supported and encouraged (i.e. residents can dine in any dining room)
C5. Residents living with frailty or using assistive devices like walkers and wheelchairs are honored and accepted by their peers. For example, residents using assistive devices are invited to participate in dining and other activities by their peers.
C6. Residents from different settings of living regularly interact and come together for dining, programs, and informal gatherings.