How to Age in Place Comfortably

The city of Baltimore in Maryland created a project that they name “Capable” focusing  on the results of bundling service for the senior community and how that would impact their quality of life.

It’s a new program and as of this time, they don’t have any long term results to report but what they have noticed is there is an initial success to the idea, especially for seniors who need help with one “acts-of-daily-living.

I will post the article in two parts.

Project Shows Aging in Place Chances Strongly Improved Through Service Mix
Posted By Elizabeth Ecker On July 23, 2013 @ 6:36 pm In News,Reverse Mortgage | No Comments

“The early results of a Maryland based program indicate there are merits to bundling services to improve the experience and ability of seniors to age in their homes.

The savings count thousands so far, with dozens of seniors in the program currently reporting improved quality of life as well the state and federal government realizing savings through services delivered in the home.

But the mix of services is key, researchers behind the project say, including nursing care, occupational therapy and home improvement assistance, all delivered over a four-month period.

The Baltimore-based project, coined “Capable,” or Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders is modeled after a Philadelphia study, “ABLE,” that was tested in the early 2000s. Those who are 65 and older who qualify for the program by proving difficulty in at least one activity of daily living receive the services of the visiting nurse, occupational therapist and handyman over four months for a cost of about $4,000. About $1,100 of the spending goes to home improvements such as banisters, hand rails and lighting.

So far, 79 people have enrolled under current grant funding through the National Institutes of Health as well as a separate grant under health care reform through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The program is administered through the Center for Innovative Care and Aging at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.”

Part 2 to follow.

 

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