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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 administered by trained interventionists. After training, interventionists provide people living with dementia with activities that are tailored to their abilities and interests while instructing 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 emmab@habitatphiladelphia.org for more information.

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