CAPABLE : A Scale-Up Project with the University of Pittsburgh and the Area Agency on Aging

What is CAPABLE?

CAPABLE is an evidence-based and person-centered program that helps eligible older adults to safely and independently age in place. Eligible older adults receive services from a team composed of an occupational therapist, nurse, and a licensed handy worker. Older adults are expected to contribute to the program by setting personalized goals and working toward becoming more independent. To learn more about CAPABLE, please visit the program website by clicking here.

 

The need:

CAPABLE has not formally included care partners (‘family members or friends’) or targeted older adults who do not qualify for Medicaid but aren’t high-income earners. Our team is partnering with the developers of CAPABLE at Johns Hopkins to build on the original program by:

  • Recruiting through the Area Agency on Aging
  • Including care partners, while maintaining CAPABLE's person-centered approach
  • Targeting older adults and their care partners who do not qualify for Medicaid

 

Who is it for?

CAPABLE program targets older adult individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid but aren’t high-income earners. The CAPABLE project includes caregiving partners but keeps older adults’ preferences and goals as the central focus of the program. The program is implemented through a partnership with the Department of Human Service Area Agency on Aging (AAA).

 

Publications

Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program: Understanding the potential involvement of care partners

Fields, B., Yanes, C., Ennis, M., & Toto, P. (2021). Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program: Understanding the potential involvement of care partners. Health & Social Care in the Community, 00, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13529

Engaging Stakeholders to Implement an Aging in Place Intervention through an Area Agency on Aging

Pamela Toto, Caylee Yanes, Molly Ennis, Beth Fields, Engaging Stakeholders to Implement an Aging in Place Intervention through an Area Agency on Aging, Innovation in Aging, Volume 4, Issue Supplement_1, 2020, Page 873, https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igaa057.3228

Including Caregivers in the Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders Program

Beth Fields, Caylee Yanes, Molly Ennis, Pamela Toto, Including Caregivers in the Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders Program, Innovation in Aging, Volume 4, Issue Supplement_1, 2020, Page 874, https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igaa057.3231