Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Ron DeSantis Launch Online COVID-19 Self-Assessment Survey

This week, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) launched an online survey, aimed at older Floridians, to make self-assessments of their behavior during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Ron DeSantis showcased the new online survey on Wednesday.

“The survey asks Floridians to review their decisions with respect to COVID-19 situations, to see how different actions affect their own health, and the health of others. The Florida Safe Survey allows individuals to have a tool at their disposal that fully engages them in the outcomes of their actions,” DOEA noted.

“Protecting Florida’s most vulnerable has been my administration’s main focus during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said DeSantis. “With the Florida Safe Survey, we hope to further mitigate the spread of this disease and bring another layer of protection to those most at risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19.”

“With today’s announcement, Floridians across the state have a new opportunity to make a difference during these unprecedented times,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis. “This is a chance for Florida’s aging population to ensure they are doing everything they can to get the best Safe Behavior Score possible with respect to COVID-19. Through this incredible innovation, we are given the opportunity to save lives.”

“Governor DeSantis knows Floridians are resilient, and he has worked tirelessly to bring Floridians together in the fight against COVID-19,” said DOEA Sec. Richard Prudom. “This survey furthers our effort by allowing all residents to get actionable and responsive feedback from their survey results and unite in their actions against COVID-19.”

DOEA provided some of the basic information on the new survey.

“The self-audit is available at FloridaSafeSurvey.com and takes only a few minutes to complete. Respondents of the survey may anonymously answer questions such as the amount and type of their weekly activities, the number of people in their household, their ability to receive physical or mental health assistance if needed, and the types of preventive measures used on a regular basis,” DOEA noted. “The Safe Behavior Report offers customized recommendations for each respondent and guides them to different local, state, and national resources based on their answers to questions on geographic location, lifestyle, and personal experiences. The survey allows individuals to evaluate choices they make in everyday situations and possibly change future results based on behavior modifications.”

“Through every phase of development, the team at DOEA was constantly ensuring we were best addressing the needs of Florida’s older population,” said James Firman, the CEO of BellAge which designed the survey. “DOEA has helped us create an impressive prototype that’s now being reviewed by several other states around the country.”

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

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