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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‘Ilima at Leihano
With Hawaii’s high cost of living, fast-growing aging population and low supply of nursing care facilities, planning for one’s senior years is important and timely.
“Many families wait until compelled by a crisis to find nursing care for an elderly parent,” says Kisco Senior Living Team Leader Bob Ogle. “Our approach is to work with seniors or their families on a plan to allow seniors greater control of their destiny so they can age with peace of mind.”
California-based Kisco Senior Living is a 20-year-old privately held company operating 20 retirement communities in six states. Ogle oversees Kisco’s Ilima at Leihano senior living community in Kapolei.
With the first of its two phases projected for completion in late 2013, Ilima at Leihano’s residents in independent living apartments will have priority access to assisted living, nursing care and memory support units at a discounted rate. The four-story residential complex will feature 84 assisted living apartments and 16 memory support units. Residents will have access to open spaces, walk/bicycle paths, a clubhouse, library, dining venues and a wellness center. The second four-story complex to follow will feature 108 apartments, including garden homes and 40 skilled nursing units.
Ilima at Leihano is open to people ages 62 and older. About 30 percent of the apartments are pre-sold, with a majority of depositors from Leeward and Central Oahu.
“Some of our buyers have families in this area who want their parents nearby, so we are providing an opportunity for extended families to stay close,” says Ogle. “Other depositors are attracted to the prospect of living in the up-and-coming Second City on Oahu and are looking forward to the new restaurants, retail and services coming here.”
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