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When results of research reach the end user—patient, clinician or care giver—the way we approach care changes for everyone.

Evidence-Based Programs

New Ways for Better Days (Tailoring Activities for Persons with Dementia and Caregivers)

New Ways for Better Days, TAP for short is an individualized, family-centric program. It provides people living with dementia with activities that are tailored to their abilities and interests and instructs caregivers (formal or informal) in the use of activities as part of daily care routines. The evidence suggest that the use of tailored activities helps to reduce behavioral symptoms, functional dependence and caregiving distress. It may also save health care dollars. The program is currently in use throughout the United States and in other countries including Brazil, Scotland, England, Australia, Hong Kong and Chile.

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Communities Aging in Place — Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE)

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, in partnership with Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions and Jefferson’s Department of Occupational Therapy, launched CAPABLE (Communities Aging in Place — Advancing Better Living for Elders) in 2018 for the first time in Philadelphia. The program deploys coordinated, multidisciplinary teams to do low-cost house repairs and provide occupational therapy and nursing services to older people so they can safely stay in their homes. CAPABLE is designed for people 65 and older who are physically unable to complete one or more daily domestic activity, such as cooking, bathing or going in or out of the house and financially in need.

Funded by the The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to Habitat for Humanity, the program is seeking to enroll 60 low-income older adults who are living in owner-occupied households who have chronic conditions and mobility limitations. Participation in CAPABLE includes:

  • Six occupational therapy visits.
  • Four registered nurse visits.
  • Installation of accessibility equipment or home modifications provided by Habitat for Humanity.

For more information about the CAPABLE program, please contact Emma Bullock, Habitat’s Intake Coordinator, 215.765.6000 x18 (if leaving a message, please indicate the call is about CAPABLE) or write for more information.

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Get Safe at Home 


Get Safe at Home is a collaborative pilot study with the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations that started in 2018. The team is looking to empower older adults to understand and seek assistance for their housing needs through a new mobile application (app). The tool is based off the Home Environmental Assessment Protocol (HEAP) that Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FAAN, FGSA, developed in 2002 as an evidenced-based paper-and pencil tool for older adults with dementia and their caregivers.

Through focus groups with older adults and healthcare professionals, the team is developing the app and refining its look and questions. Once an older person, their caregiver or a health professional uses the app to evaluate a home for safety, tailored recommendations for home modifications and places to contact that could provide resources is developed. To participate in the project or learn more, click here.