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Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE)

Overview of the CAPABLE Program

CAPABLE addresses both function and cost. CAPABLE is a program developed at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing for low-income seniors to safely age in place. The approach teams a nurse, an occupational therapist and a handy worker to address both the home environment and uses the strengths of the older adults themselves to improve safety and independence.

CAPABLE Improves Health Outcomes and Lowers Costs1

More Than 6X Return on Investment

Roughly $3,000 in program costs yielded more than $30,000 in savings in medical costs driven by reductions in both inpatient and outpatient expenditures.

Source: Ruiz, S., Snyder, L. P., Rotondo, C., Cross-Barnet, C., Colligan, E. M., & Giuriceo, K. (2017). Innovative Home Visit Models Associated With Reductions In Costs, Hospitalizations, And Emergency Department Use. Health Affairs,36(3), 425-432. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.1305

Halved Difficulties in Function

Participants had difficulty with an average of 3.9 out of 8.0 Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) at baseline, compared to 2.0 after five months.

Reduced Symptoms of Depression

Symptoms of depression, as well as the ability to grocery shop and manage medications also improved.

Improved Motivation

The change in physical environment further motivates the participant. Addressing both the people and the environment in which they live allows the person to thrive.

1 In the period 2012–15, a demonstration project enrolled 281 adults ages sixty- five and older who were dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and who had difficulty performing ADLs. ADLs include eating, bathing, dressing, moving around, transferring and toileting.

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