The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Allina Health New Ulm Medical Center and Habitat for Humanity South Central Minnesota have created a coalition to assist older adults in rural areas to live more safely in their homes by implementing the Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) Program.

CAPABLE, a Johns Hopkins University program, is a client-directed home-based intervention to increase mobility, functionality, and capacity to “age in place” for older adults. CAPABLE consists of time-limited services from an occupational therapist, a nurse, and a handy worker working in tandem with the older adult as an interprofessional team.

A key component of this approach is having the older person drive the goal setting and brainstorming strategies with the team toward reaching their goals. This program will be starting in the New Ulm area in early 2021.

For more information contact Jason W. Swanson at [email protected].

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