CAPABLE Means Home, Not Nursing Homes, for Older Adults
Sarah Szanton, PhD, CRNP has received a $4 million Health Care Innovation Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She will be leading, CAPABLE, "Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders" which is a unique health care program that can help older adults avoid nursing home stays while aving millions in taxpayer dollars.
Szanton projects the $4 million grant will affect a savings of $6 million in reduced hospitalizations and nursing home admissions, a net savings of $2 million over the three-year grant period. That translates to a 25% reduction in hospitalizations and a 40% drop in nursing home placements among the 500 program participants.