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Keeping seniors in their homes longer through innovative treatment

CAPABLE, which stands for Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders, was developed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Its goal is to allow older adults to remain in their homes longer, achieve better health outcomes, and decrease medical costs.

We’re the first community-based home health organization to implement CAPABLE. Our program is demonstrating the benefits of keeping adults independent, longer. A safe home environment is the first step to achieving this mission, but it’s often overlooked. We work with patients to make everyday tasks safer.

The CAPABLE program provides 10 visits to the home: six with an occupational therapist and four with a nurse.

Patients set their goals—and then we help them meet them

Patients identify self-care goals they’d like to address like:

  • Walking to the mailbox
  • Doing laundry
  • Showering
  • Housework
  • Meal preparation
  • Taking medicine as prescribed
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We then empower them to continue living safely and independently.

To qualify for CAPABLE, you must:

  • Be at least 65 years old
  • Own your own home or live in a family member’s home within the metro Denver area
  • Be proficient in English or have a family member available to translate
  • Have difficulty performing at least one activity of daily living (for example, dressing, bathing, toileting) or difficulty with two or more activities of independent daily living (for example, housework, meal preparation, taking medicine as prescribed)
  • Live at or below 80% area median income (a monthly income of $4,196 or less for a one-person household, for example, or $4,796 or less for a two-person household)

If you have questions or would like to inquire about participating in the program, please contact Amanda Goodenow (MS, OTR/L), CAPABLE Program Manager, at GoodenowA@VNAColorado.org or at (303) 698-6302.

We are here to help!

Please feel free to ask questions.