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Hawaii Business Senior Living Guide

Innovative options, solutions, services and advice offered by Hawaii’s top senior care professionals offering tips on planning, premium facilities and transport.

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Rick Skelton, The Plaza Assisted Living

Convenience Without Long-term Commitment

When a company manages to grow, despite the incredible challenges posed by the downturn of the economy, you know they must be doing something right. Such is the case for The Plaza Assisted Living, which has recently started developing a project in Pearl City, with projects on the horizon in Waikiki and the windward side, in addition to its three existing locations.

“We have worked diligently to manage increasing costs and to continue to provide an affordable rental to our residents and their families,” says Tricia Medeiros, Regional Director for The Plaza Assisted Living. “As a company, we have had the rare opportunity to grow and expand, and we are blessed and very grateful for this opportunity.”

The secret to the company’s success lies in its people. In fact, the company came about from principal owners who were caring for their aging parents. They have developed a deep understanding of the senior population in Hawaii and designed their residences and services accordingly.

“We have found that our residents want to live in the same neighborhoods that they have been living in or in areas that their children are living in,” says Rick Skelton, one of the company’s principal owners and President of Sound Health Hawaii. “We look for areas that moderate-income seniors are living in and attempt to build in their neighborhoods.”

As a convenient month-to-month rental, seniors have an opportunity to decide whether the communities fit their needs, without long-term commitments.

“The Plaza does not require a large buy-in or entrance fee. Residents pay a monthly fee, and they can leave at any time with a 30-day notice,” Medeiros says. “The Plaza communities also offer respite services or short-term stays.”

The idea is to offer a community in which residents can maintain their independence, with options to take advantage of accessible services at the same time.

“On-site, The Plaza offers or arranges for an array of services for our residents,” says Medeiros. “These include physical therapy, occupational therapy, sensory therapy, physician services, podiatry, pharmacy services, lab services, massages, support groups, and even a hair salon.”

The Plaza also offers 24-hour nursing staff and support. For needs off-site, The Plaza provides transportation to medical appointments and offers an escort or caregiver should a resident need someone to accompany them.

“We strive to give residents choices and a variety of options,” Skelton says. “The setting is homelike and inviting to seniors and their families.”

Shelley Wilson, President & C.E.O, Wilson Care Group

Residential Needs and Health

“17 years in this industry has taught me a lot, and I appreciate, from the bottom of my heart, the people we are privileged to serve,” says Shelley Wilson, president and CEO, Wilson Care Group.  “It’s important that we understand the challenges facing our kupuna.  They have the same day-to-day life concerns that we all do, along with the fear of what will happen to them as they age, who will take care of them, and where they’ll live. 

I’m sure we’d all agree that our beloved kupuna are worthy of the best.  It’s our responsibility to provide the caring resources which make it possible for them to live the life they deserve.”

At Wilson Care Group, the emphasis is on respect, dignity, and personal choice.  Whether Wilson is providing care in your home through their homecare division, or serving you in their new state of the art care home, their approach is simple but meaningful:  the enhancement of each individual’s quality of life. 

“And we always remember, ‘Home is where the heart is,’” Shelley adds.

Wilson Care Group comprises Wilson Homecare, Hawaii’s leading private-duty home healthcare agency, and Wilson Senior Living, a luxury adult residential care home located in Kailua.

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