With the gift, Habitat will implement Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE), a program designed by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing that combines nursing services and occupational therapy with Habitat's home repair expertise. The program will be implemented over the next two years by Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Philadelphia Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland in Silver Spring, and Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna in Bel Air, Maryland, with the local Habitat organization assessing the overall condition of a house in partnership with the homeowner and local healthcare providers to prioritize critical home repairs that improve the usability, safety, and health of the home and its owner.
The program is based on the idea that disabilities in older adults result from a combination of medical and environmental factors. According to researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, low-income adults are more vulnerable to such factors because they tend to have reduced access to primary care, an increased likelihood of living in homes needing critical repairs, and often lack the physical or financial resources to address them.
"Helping low-income and vulnerable older adults to age in their communities with independence and dignity is one of our biggest areas of giving and we're thrilled to begin this new partnership with Habitat for Humanity," said Aaron Merki, managing director for programs and grants at the Weinberg Foundation. "We believe combining health services with home repairs will make aging in place safer and healthier for the over 80 percent of Americans growing older in their homes."
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