Alice Bonner’s Work with the CAPABLE Program and the Institute for Health Improvement

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Alice Bonner


In today’s episode, Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Capable Program and Senior Advisor for the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI), explains the work she now does with CAPABLE and IHI, along with her over 30 years of nursing experience. CAPABLE stands for Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders. While focusing on function and cost, CAPABLE links a registered nurse, handy worker, and occupational therapist together to create a network of care that helps aging adults live more safely and independently at home.

In today’s episode, we discuss:

  • The CAPABLE Program and how it impacts the field of home care.
  • The ways programs like the CAPABLE Program have started to spread across the country.
  • Bonner’s work with the Institute for Health Improvement.

Below are some highlights from our conversation:

  • [1:30] What exactly is the CAPABLE Program?
  • [4:22] Discover the results they’ve seen from CAPABLE.
  • [7:00] Is there a way for the CAPABLE Program model to be even more widespread?
  • [11:10] Does the CAPABLE Program have enough bang for its buck?
  • [18:00] Learn about the Institute for Health Improvement.
  • [23:00] How can you help?

After today’s episode, like me, I think you’ll be well-versed on the CAPABLE Program and just how impactful it is to the people who are able to use it. I also think you’ll walk away knowing how cost-effective and financially beneficial more programs like the CAPABLE Program could be to all parties involved. Lastly, you’ll know what you can do to support people like Bonner who are trying to implement programs like CAPABLE in communities far and wide.

To learn more about how people like Alice Bonner are helping to implement programs that bring together people like health care professionals and handy workers to ensure a conducive space for seniors to continue to age at home, listen to my interview with Kevin Heraty, Chief Development Officer of Cantata Adult Life Services, a nonprofit that provides care from a network of services including handy workers and in-home caregiving services.

You can listen to today’s episode here, or on Apple Podcasts, Google, YouTube or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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The Help Choose Home podcast series is a collaborative effort by Axxess, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), and corecubed to educate the public about the many benefits of the in-home care industry, which includes non‑medical home care, private duty nursing care, medical home health, hospice, and other in‑home health and wellness services.

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The Help Choose Home podcast series provides information and resources to help those with a care need learn more about healthcare at home. Podcasts are hosted by Merrily Orsini, Founder/Board Chair of corecubed, a marketing firm dedicated exclusively to helping aging care providers grow their business.