Care in Hawaii:
"Aging in Place"
Also known as
For people who:
Prefer the flexibility & familiarity of their own home.
Value completely individualized caregiver attention.
Can be adequately accommodated in the home environment.
Cost can be prohibitive for 24/7 care.
Risk of insufficient, inconsistent, and unreliable caregivers.
Lack of stimulation can lead to poor value and decline.
Home Care – is to hire a caregiver to come to a person’s home and provide services that range from light to complete assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, meal service, and possibly even some light housework. We all prefer the comfort and flexibility of our own homes, and it is an excellent arrangement for someone who wishes to maintain his or her independence at home.
The downside to home care is that the recipient may feel uncomfortable with an unfamiliar person entering his or her personal space, and it can be extremely expensive to hire care at home 24/7. There are also unexpected downsides to home care, such as a lack of stimulation that can lead to declining health, and the familiar environment can greatly mask the decline of someone who suffers from dementia (thereby making a future transition out of home more difficult).
The State of Hawaii has just recently begun a process of licensing Home Care Agencies. For a list of Home Care Agencies in Hawaii, please visit the Office of Health Care Assurance State Licensing Section website.