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Assisted living facilities in Hawaii for couples

Hawaii is one of the most popular states for retirees, given its beautiful weather and unique island lifestyle. Senior adults can opt for assisted living, as these senior living facilities offer assistance with ADLs, healthcare services, and plenty of amenities. However, it is worth mentioning from the start that the cost of assisted living is quite high, especially when compared to continental US. Prospective residents are advised to calculate their finances before applying for a spot in a Hawaii-based ALF. The good news is that married couples are allowed to live together, for as long as their health allows it.

Information about assisted living in Hawaii

There are 22 assisted living facilities in Hawaii, and all of them offer senior adults with the opportunity to enjoy their retirement to the fullest. Most of these facilities can be found on the Big Island, as well as in Kahului and urban Honolulu. Residents have to meet various admittance criteria, including the age requirement (55 or 62).

Service plans are developed for all the senior adults admitted to an ALF. These are developed in accordance with the needs and expectations of the respective resident, and almost always include assistance requirements, treatment schedules, and emergency evacuation assistance protocols for those with limited mobility. On the first day of admittance, a comprehensive medical examination is undertaken, which will serve as basis for the service plan. Should the resident's health change, the plan will be re-assessed and updated.

As a general rule, ALFs accept senior adults who require minimal assistance with ADLs, such as eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, and so on. Limited applications are available for those who are nursing-home eligible and for those who require more assistance. Senior adults who require restraints and those who might represent a danger to themselves and others are not accepted. The same goes for those who suffer from infectious conditions, or have needs that exceed the available scope of care.

Financing and costs of assisted living in Hawaii

The average monthly cost of Hawaii-based ALFs is of $5,500 per month. This is considerably higher than the national median of $4,000. As mentioned above, Hawaii is more expensive than continental states, but still preferred by retirees. California, Oregon, and Arizona have more affordable rates but the difference is not that significant.

On the island, the most expensive ALFs can be found in the Urban Honolulu area. By comparison, Kahului offers affordable assisted living options. It is also worth mentioning that assisted living is cheaper than nursing home care, memory care, and in-home care. With the latter, the difference is barely noticeable. Independent living, however, is a more affordable option.

Senior adults who require financial assistance can apply for the Med QUEST Integration Program. This is the Medicaid program of managed care available in Hawaii, destined to help those with a low-level income and disabled adults. Eligibility criteria regard one's age, disability, income, and assets. One can also apply for the Supplemental Security Income, with similar eligibility criteria. Couples can apply for financial assistance as well. Additional financing solutions include veteran benefits, insurance policies, and reverse mortgages.

Services provided to married couples by assisted living facilities in Hawaii

Couples can benefit from assisted living services, which mostly consist of assistance with ADLs and household chores. Depending on their level of assistance, they can be helped with everyday tasks, grooming, and oral hygiene. Aside from ADLs, they benefit from housekeeping, general maintenance, 24/7 security, shopping, meal planning and preparation, laundry and linen, transportation to/from appointments. Some facilities provide diabetes care, personal emergency response systems, running errands, mobility assistance, etc.

One of the most important services offered is medication management. The treatment schedule is integrated into the service plan, so as the staff is familiar with current prescriptions, dosage, and frequency. With minor levels of assistance, residents are given reminders to take their medication, or they might be helped to open various bottles. Sometimes, the staff can help the resident read the label of a bottle. Administration is possible for residents who cannot handle such matters on their own.

If the respective facility has an integrated memory care unit, that means it can accommodate the complex needs of those who suffer from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. Senior adults are constantly supervised and their medication is administered by trained staff. Depending on how advanced their illness is, residents can receive less or more assistance with everyday tasks.

Amenities for couples moving to an assisted living in Hawaii

Hawaiian ALFs have apartment-style units, which can be occupied by individuals or married couples. All living units have a minimum square footage and are equipped with modern appliances, accessible bathrooms, and a fully-functional kitchen. An emergency call system is installed in every apartment, being monitored 24/7. Some of these facilities also allow residents to live together with their pets.

Modern amenities contribute to a comfortable style of living. Senior adults can stay fit at the gym or fitness center, and they can practice various sports, such as swimming. They can pursue various interests and hobbies, with common amenities including art studios, woodworking shops, library, computer room, etc. Additional amenities might be offered, such as social clubs, weekly religious service, off-site trips. Dementia residents benefit from specific amenities, including specially-designed gardens, occupational therapy, painting classes, etc.

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What are some positives and negatives associated with moving to assisted living in Hawaii for couples?

The decision to change your lifestyle and move into an ALF is not easy. Luckily, Hawaiian assisted living facilities offer you with all the comfort you might need. What factors should seniors consider before making the decision to move into an assisted living community? Here are some pros and cons for you to think about.

Pros of moving to assisted living for couples in Hawaii

  • Hawaiian ALFs offer a unique retirement lifestyle (island life)
  • Cheaper than nursing home care, memory care, in-home care
  • Some facilities have integrated memory care units, accepting residents with dementia
  • Couples can live together for as long their health allows it

Cons of moving to assisted living for couples in Hawaii

  • It can be difficult to cover the monthly fees
  • If you require complete assistance, you might not be accepted
  • Financial assistance comes with strict eligibility criteria and often with limited applications
  • ALFs only accept residents whose needs fall in the set scope of care
  • If your health deteriorates, you will have to leave the community and seek another retirement living solution

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