Project Abstract

CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place–Advancing Better Living for Elders) is a program developed by Johns Hopkins University to improve quality of life, improve functional ability, reduce hospitalizations, and reduce nursing home admissions in older adults. CAPABLE is an in-home, team-based approach delivered over 20 weeks by an occupational therapist, a registered nurse, and a home improvement specialist. This program evaluation will examine how well CAPABLE works in a community-based setting in Colorado.

The Colorado Lab will provide recommendations to inform potentially making CAPABLE a long-term Medicaid benefit, including but not limited to:

  • How do Colorado’s CAPABLE outcomes compare to implementation in other states? Contextualizing outcomes without a Colorado comparison group in national literature.
  • How do the outcomes vary by population (e.g., age, geographic region, chronic disease groups)? Include Colorado’s data related to expanding the CAPABLE model to a younger age group.
  • How do Colorado’s CAPABLE outcomes compare to local population trends on outcomes of interest using publicly available data and/or aggregate Medicaid data (i.e., not a QED with a matched comparison group)?
  • Provider and Member experiences with CAPABLE.


Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing

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University of Denver, Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab

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