Getting Ready for Hawaii’s Senior Living Boom
Innovative options and solutions are growing in response to increasing elder care needs and the graying of Hawaii’s baby boomers
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Holiday Retirement’s senior retirement communities in Hawaii Kai and on Maui are part of more than 300 Holiday Retirement communities catering to independent seniors across the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1971 by William Colson, Holiday Retirement has been an integral part of the evolution of senior communities.
“We are starting to see a generational shift in our resident population. From traditional senior living facilities of a decade or so ago, our theme of ‘retirement living’ has changed to ‘senior living.’ We are making shifts designed to deliver a new kind of senior living experience to attract new customers from the baby boomer generation,” observes Lyle Takeuchi, General/Regional Manager of Holiday Retirement in Hawaii.
With nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Takeuchi represents a new kind of leadership familiar with vacation type of environments similar to luxury resorts, hotels and cruise ships.
“Our facility is geared for seniors seeking an independent lifestyle,” he says of Holiday Retirements’ two locations. “We are developing new homes that anticipates new demands as baby boomers age. Nevertheless, we also find seniors who believe they are too young for such communities and will not need services until they are in their 80s.”
Both Holiday Retirement facilities offer low-rise units, an open atmosphere, and airy, well-lit common areas and grounds.
“We have no requirement for a buy-in. Our apartments are rented on a month-to-month basis,” he adds.
Among its amenities are chef-prepared meals in resort-style dining, a pet-friendly community, and social and educational programs. A travel reciprocity program also allows residents to stay for no charge at Holiday Retirement properties in the U.S. and Canada.
“And the answer is yes, we do have a property in Las Vegas,” says Takeuchi.
Holiday Retirement has 40 years of senior living experience, with plans to expand on the Mainland and in Hawaii.
“We continue to establish relationships locally with industry partners,” says Takeuchi, “including home health care providers, to address the changing needs of Hawaii’s growing senior population.”
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