Hillman Foundation Awards Nearly $3 Million for Aging-in-Place Model

Hillman Foundation Awards Nearly $3 Million for Aging-in-Place Model

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation has announced a grant of more than $2.8 million to the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing's Center for Innovative Care in Aging in support of a nurse-driven aging-in-place model.

The five-year grant will enable CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better for Living) to establish the infrastructure required to scale its model nationally. Already in use at twenty-five sites in twelve states, CAPABLE was developed by principal investigator Sarah Szanton, Endowed Professor for Health Equity and Social Justice and director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at the Hopkins School of Nursing, to enable seniors to continue living independently by combining home repair handyman services aimed at improving safety and accessibility with nursing and occupational therapy services that improve mobility, address disabilities, and reduce healthcare costs.

According to the foundation, the evidence-based program costs less than $3,000 per senior but can yield at least $20,000 over two years in Medicare savings by reducing the number of hospitalizations, re-hospitalizations, and nursing home admissions. In some states, CAPABLE services are eligible to be covered under Medicaid Section 1115 waivers and, in some instances, by Medicare Advantage plans.

"CAPABLE is built on the simple but powerful idea that addressing what matters most to older adults improves quality of life and saves money for communities," said Szanton. "This transformative gift from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation will facilitate the accelerated growth of the model nationwide."

"We believe that CAPABLE has the potential to have a major impact on millions of lives," said Hillman Foundation executive director Ahrin Mishan. "Having supported CAPABLE through earlier phases of its growth and development, we feel privileged to help this exceptional innovation take a critical next step."

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