Improving unsafe environments to support aging independence with limited resources

Nurs Clin North Am. 2014 Jun;49(2):133-45. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2014.02.002. Epub 2014 Mar 27.


Aging with independence benefits individuals, family, and society. To achieve independence, older adults must be able to function in their homes. This function is determined both by their abilities and by the environment in which they maneuver. This article describes a promising program that intervenes with both older adults and their home environments to improve function. This program, called CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders), is funded through the Affordable Care Act and can be scaled up nationally if determined to be a success in improving health and decreasing health care costs.

Keywords: Disability; Function; Interprofessional; Older adults.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Aging*
  • Humans
  • Independent Living*
  • Safety Management*
  • United States