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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Calucag Care Home, Inc. – Kaimuki Care Home
When Diana C. Yee’s mother, age 92, needed care assistance, the family chose Calucag Care Home in Kaimuki, the last and the best of three facilities that cared for her mother, says Yee. Her mother and other residents looked forward to the healthy, tasty meals featuring many ethnic dishes that are lovingly prepared. Each resident has his or her own room and private bathroom with spacious doors for walkers and wheelchairs.
The primary caregiver, an experienced physical therapist, guided residents daily through stretching and strengthening exercises, which Yee says kept her mother mobile and active. “Most important was the personal touch of love between the residents and the caregivers. The owner, Nestor Calucag, visited with each resident on a daily basis,” says Yee.
As a licensed Expanded Care Adult Residential Care Home, Calucag Care Home covers the full spectrum of senior care from care home to skilled nursing levels at all four of its locations in Hawaii Kai, Kaimuki, Aiea and Salt Lake. Among its services are 24-hour nursing care, medication administration and monitoring, assistance with ADLs, and transportation for medical appointments.
“Providing care in a natural, healthy family atmosphere is our mission. As a resident, you can enjoy life to the fullest at our care homes because you have a comprehensive array of care that takes any worry off the shoulders of your family members for their peace of mind,” says Calucag, who also designed and built each of the facilities based on patients’ needs and wants. Due to high demand, expansion plans of existing properties and purchase of future homes are in the works.
Hale Ho Aloha
At Hale Ho Aloha, every staff member understands the importance of the trust families place in us. That is why we maintain staffing ratios that are among the best in Honolulu, with one nurse aide for every six to seven residents. Registered Nurses are on duty 24 hours a day, and exercise therapy, dietary and social workers are directly involved in resident care. Staff and residents recently celebrated the complete renovation of Hale Ho Aloha, reducing the number of beds from 85 to 59 to create a more spacious “home-like” atmosphere. Each bed has its own flat screen television and telephone with Internet connectivity. Upon seeing the renovated facility, the unanimous reaction of visitors familiar with the old Hale Ho Aloha is, “Wow!”
Scott A. Makuakane, Attorney at Law
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Far too many estates are wasted because of lack of planning, lack of implementation, and lack of updating. Our role is to educate and counsel our clients regarding their options, and then to help them create and implement their estate plans.
We are there for our clients every step of the way, including the eventual administration of their trusts and estates after they are gone. Estate planning involves much more than a set of documents, and each client’s estate plan should be designed to advance his or her specific wishes and goals, rather than be the product of a cookie-cutter template. Our ultimate goal is to develop long-term relationships with clients and their families so they can have peace of mind in knowing who will be there to help them face life’s inevitable transitions.
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