A Guide To

Elderly Care Options in Hawaii

There Are 3 Main Factors

Location

One of the first steps is deciding whether to live at home or in a community for seniors.

Level of Care Needed

Next, you need to determine the types of care and services needed.

Cost

Finally, you will need to determine which options align with your available finances.

Life Plan (Retirement) Communities

Life Plan Communities represent the entry tier of senior housing. They are designed for seniors who can live independently. Life Plan Communities offer the added security of on-site or nearby assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities.

Pros

  • Socialize with peers your own age
  • Full schedule of activities to keep you active
  • Many offer amenities similar to a resort or cruise ship
  • Peace of mind knowing there is a dedicated staff there to help you if the need arises

Cons

  • Rooms will generally be smaller than your current home
  • You have to move away from your family home
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Home Care

There are primarily two types of in-home caregivers for seniors.

Non-medical caregivers (e.g. Certified Nursing Assistant) offer assistance in personal care, such as: bathing, dressing, grooming, diet monitoring, medication reminders and meal preparation.

Skilled care provides a range of home health services including wound care, pain management, infusion therapy, rehabilitation therapies and medication management.

Pros

  • Best suited for those who need some assistance but prefer to remain at home
  • Allows older adults to remain in their own home and age in place
  • Provides relief to family members by taking care of the day to day care tasks

Cons

  • The hourly cost may be high for those on a fixed income
  • Seniors may be wary of having someone who isn’t a family member or close friend in their home
  • It may be difficult to sift through the available options and determine what is the right fit

If contracting caregiver services through a company, it’s important to ensure the company thoroughly screens their employees and has a long-standing reputation of providing quality care and services

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Adult Day Care/Adult Day Health Center

Adult Day Care and Adult Day Health Care programs provide a cost-effective alternative to home care for aging adults who need supervision and stimulation throughout the day.

Centers range from small home-like settings to larger facilities. Services can vary at each center, but typically include scheduled activities for both mental and physical stimulation and social interaction.

Adult Day Care services include exercise, educational activities and available modified diets. Adult Day Health services include those of an Adult Day Care, but also includes a heightened level of care including: personalized care plans, medication management, personal care, and nursing care.

These programs provide family members with the freedom to complete the tasks they need while also providing peace of mind knowing that their loved one is being well taken care of.

Pros

  • A safe, stimulating environment for seniors who need supervision during the day
  • Hourly rates are typically less expensive than in-home care
  • Provides social interaction with others their own age
  • Provides respite for family members who serve as caregivers

Cons

  • The participant may not want to meet and socialize with new people in an unfamiliar space
  • Hours of operation may be limited to business hours on weekdays
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Frequently Asked Questions

Key Feature

Continuum of Care

Both of our Life Plan Communities offer the continuum of care you may need.

Independent Living

Independent living means living your life, your way, in your own private residence with a wealth of amenities, such as dining, scheduled activities, fitness facilities, and a connected community atmosphere.

Assisted Living

All apartments in our residences are licensed for Assisted Living Services. We can provide a service plan based on an assessment of how much or little help you need. This plan can include everything from medication management to assistance with activities of daily living.

Skilled Nursing

Both of our residences have an entire floor dedicated to providing unparalleled care for our residents in our Skilled Nursing, Intermediate and Special Care Center (sometimes referred to as Long Term Care). You maintain your own space in a private or semi-private room. We also serve special needs including Alzheimer’s, dementia and end of life care.

Key Feature

Guaranteed Lifetime Care

Our communities offer a guaranteed lifetime care contract, so you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that you will be cared for and will never be a burden on your children or other family members.