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CAPABLE Training
CAPABLE training is self-paced,
online learning modules and simulations.
Here are some of the key topics covered in our learning modules. Please hover over each one to learn more about the course.
Module O (for both the OT & the RN)
• Background of CAPABLE
• Importance of Physical Function and Home Environment
• Aging with functional Limitations
• Motivational Interviewing
OT Module 1
• Procedures and Documentation for the first visit
• Building rapport
• Assessing function
• Assisting in selection of goals
• Determining readiness
OT Module 2
Administration of home visit 2, which includes:
  • Review of first visit
  • Conducting a home tour
  • Discussion of fall prevention and recovery strategies
  • Determine which repairs need to be made
  • Identification of modifications, assistive equipment and supplies needed
OT Module 3
Conducting 3rd, 4th and 5th home visit, which includes:
• Developing, delivering and modifying the action plans
• Demonstrate and practice strategies 
OT Module 4
Delivering the final visit, which includes:
  • Reviewing goals met/partially met/not met
  • Determining a final readiness-to change scale score
  • Review tip booklet
RN Module 1
• Procedures and Documentation for the first visit
• Building rapport
• Assessing function
• Assisting in selecting goals
• Assess readiness to change score
RN Module 2
Administration of home visit 2, which includes:
  • Review medication list
  • Demonstrate CAPABLE exercises
  • Brainstorm and problem solving for target areas
RN Module 3
Completing Home Visit 3, which includes:
  • Brainstorm strategies
  • Action planning
  • Evaluate communication between participant and their healthcare provider
RN Module 4
• Conducting Home Visit 4
• Complete action plans
• Review accomplishments of
• Assess readiness to change score
The online training, which is a combination of modules, home visit simulations, white board and client videos, is required so that your organization can provide the CAPABLE program. The training is taught by JHU professors and clinicians. Two different tracks are offered: one for Registered Nurses (RN), the other for Occupational Therapists (OT). LPNs and COTAs cannot be trained. The training is supported by additional virtual office hours, a listserv, and review of up to three work orders per OT.

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Yes. Registered Nurses and Occupational Therapists are required to be trained through the Hopkins CAPABLE training program, which consists of the following activities:
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Are Contact Hours Awarded for CAPABLE Training? 
Occupational therapists can receive American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) approved credits for completing the CAPABLE OT training program through the CAPABLE National Center. This is currently possible through the contract with The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing which is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 03443. This intermediate level training is an independent distance learning OT Service delivery course. Upon completion of the curriculum the learner is awarded 0.8 CEUs or 8 contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

Registered nurses can receive American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation approved credits for completing the CAPABLE RN training program through the CAPABLE National Center. The approved courses are within the contract under The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (PO103) which is an ANCC Approved Provider of nursing continuing professional development. Upon completion of the curriculum, the learner is awarded 8 contact hours.
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Can We Train and Utilize Staff from Disciplines Other Than Occupational Therapy and Nursing for CAPABLE?
The occupational therapist (OT) and registered nurse (RN) can not be substituted and have the program still be called CAPABLE. The training builds from the knowledge base and experience of occupational therapists and registered nurses. For instance, building from the education in occupational therapy, the focus is specifically about activity analysis and achieving the best fit between persons and their living environments to maximize daily function and home safety, and reduce difficulties with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). The nurses use their pathophysiological knowledge in addressing pain, mood, and medication complexity. The critical thinking involved builds on how OTs and RNs are trained.
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CAPABLE is a person-directed, home-based program that addresses both function and healthcare expenses. The four to five-month program integrates services from an occupational therapist (OT), a registered nurse (RN), and a handy worker who work together with the older adult to set goals and direct action plans that change behaviors to improve health, independence, and safety.

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