Many seniors want to live in their homes for as long as possible, but keeping up with home improvements and maintaining a safe living environment can be challenging.
CAPABLE provides modest investments and short-term interventions to help older adults remain in their homes longer, improve health outcomes, and decrease medical costs.
Habitat Metro Denver and the Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (CVNA) are the partners behind CAPABLE, an aging-in-place program that stands for Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders.
CAPABLE’s home-based approach includes:
All home improvements are customized to the homeowner, including the installation of safety bars, improved lighting, floor repairs, and any other custom repairs needed.
To qualify for the CAPABLE program, partners must be:
In Colorado, the average age of a CAPABLE partner is 80.2 years, with a fixed income of about $2,000 a month (200% below the current poverty level). Most, if they had to leave the home they own, would be unable to afford a rental home without the assistance of a Housing Choice Voucher, and few would be able to afford assisted living or nursing home care. While many residents live with family, more than half of the CAPABLE partners live alone and are solely responsible for self-care and home maintenance.
Do you have questions or would you like to inquire about participating in the CAPABLE program?
Contact: Amanda Goodenow (MS, OTR/L), CAPABLE Program Manager
Phone: (303) 698-6302
The CAPABLE program was founded by Sarah L. Szanton, PhD at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore in 2017. Research on early participants demonstrates the following impacts*:
*Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Locally, Habitat and CVNA have already partnered with more than 100 seniors, with plans to partner with 60 more in the next year. In Colorado’s first year the program cut inpatient costs by 34%, and is estimated to save insurance costs and average of $22,000 per client over a two-year period by preventing one or more hospitalizations or emergency room visits. Additionally, of the first 23 clients to finish the program, the following improvements were reported: