Caregiver Friendly Communities Assessment

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Understand How Your Community Can Better Support Family Caregivers

illustration of different community supports for family caregiversThe Caregiver Friendly Communities Assessment is an online tool that seeks to measure how well a community (city, township, village or county) supports informal or family caregivers (people who provide unpaid care to an aging or chronically ill parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, partner or other loved one).

Once you complete the online assessment, you’ll receive a custom report containing a caregiver-friendliness score with details regarding the strengths and weaknesses of your community, along with recommendations for areas of improvement. You can use the report to explore our Best Practices Section for each support domain.

Assess your community’s support for caregivers. Visit for more information and to take the assessment today!

Questions and More Info?

We are available to answer questions and provide help. Contact us by email or by phone at (248) 262-9222.

Best Practices

Below, you will find best practices for eight specific care domains. These best practices combine the latest in national research with the results of surveys and focus groups conducted by AgeWays. Download our Best Practices Overview for more specifics on how these best practices were developed.  You can also download a list of General Resources for Aging and Caregiving to share with older adults and caregivers in your community. A List of Citations is also available.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Inclusion in the best practices is not an endorsement or recommendation for any intervention or program.


Representatives from five Michigan communities participated as beta testers, providing significant feedback on the development process. We greatly appreciate their time and feedback.

Representatives from fifteen additional Michigan communities participated in additional testing to refine the assessment prior to public launch. Their feedback was valuable in shaping the assessment.

Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan
Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan
Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County
Community Action Alger-Marquette
Council on Aging, serving St. Clair County
Detroit Area Agency on Aging
Disability Network Capital Area
Genesee County Office of Senior Services
Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network
Jewish Family Services of Metropolitan Detroit
Kalamazoo County Advocates for Senior Issues (KCASI)
Life Skills Centers Memory Care Services Fort Gratiot
Livingston County Catholic Charities
Marquette Senior Center
Meals on Wheels of Southwestern Michigan
Monroe Center for Healthy Aging
Monroe County Commission on Aging
Monroe County Opportunity Program
Munson Otsego Memorial Hospital
Niles Senior Center
Otsego County Commission on Aging
Pine Rest
Region IV Area Agency on Aging
Rethinking Dementia
Sparrow Senior Clinic
Superior Alliance for Independent Living
The Senior Alliance
Tri-County Office on Aging
Valley Area Agency on Aging
Visiting Nurse Association and Blue Water Hospice
Ypsilanti Senior Center