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Colorado VNA Receives $2,300,000 Grant to Expand CAPABLE Program

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 04:00 PM

Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

ARVADA, CO / ACCESSWIRE / August 9, 2022 / The Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (Colorado VNA), recently received a grant totaling $2,300,000 from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (Department) to support and expand its CAPABLE program and provide care for more Health First Colorado members.

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CAPABLE, which stands for Community Aging in Place - Advancing Better Living for Elders, was developed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Its goal is to demonstrate that with modest investments in short-term interventions, older adults can remain in their homes longer, decrease medical costs, improve health outcomes and quality of life.

Colorado VNA, a not-for-profit, community-based organization, is one of the flagship programs of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing licensed CAPABLE program. Colorado VNA has been providing CAPABLE services to qualifying senior clients in the greater Denver metropolitan area since 2017 and has served over 300 clients since the inception of it CAPABLE program.

Through American Rescue Plan Act funding, the Department received approval to pilot the CAPABLE program to support Health First Colorado members. Colorado VNA will work closely with area partners and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to implement CAPABLE in additional areas along the Front Range.

"HCPF is excited to team up with community partners to expand the CAPABLE program. This is a great opportunity to help individuals remain successfully and safely living in their homes," stated Cassandra Keller, Community Options Benefits Section Manager for the Department.

Within the home-based CAPABLE program, visits are provided by an Occupational Therapist (OT), a Registered Nurse (RN) and Handy Worker who collaborate with the client to increase mobility and functionality in their home. The four-to-five-month innovative approach addresses the participants abilities and the home environment through goal setting and action planning with reported improvements in activities of daily living, independence, safety and health.

"This Funding will support our mission of providing quality, care, and comfort to those Health First members who choose to stay in their homes safely with the assistance of our CAPABLE team," expressed Julie Nunley, President of Colorado VNA. "We are excited to collaborate with HCPF to bring this to fruition."

In addition, Colorado VNA will provide community education staff in each of the service to conduct outreach and education about the CAPABLE program and its benefits.

About Colorado VNA: Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (Colorado VNA) is a member of the Care Synergy Network and serves Coloradans as the state's leading home health care agency. Colorado VNA provides quality and compassionate care, ranging from preventive to recovery to palliative and end-of-life, in the home and community. For more information, visit

About Care Synergy: Care Synergy provides mission-support services for not-for-profit, community-based home healthcare, hospice and palliative care providers serving the Front Range of Colorado including the Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, The Denver Hospice, Pathways and Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care. Care Synergy affiliate organizations operate as distinct organizations while sharing best practices and helping more Coloradoans. For more information, visit


Julie Nunley, President
Colorado Visiting Nurse Association
[email protected]
(303) 698-2121

SOURCE: Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

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