Often, families don’t know where to turn when a loved one suddenly needs constant care. Insurance and Medicare plans may cover very few long-term care expenses — or none at all. In the past, nursing homes were the only option for care outside of the family home. However, now there are many home- and community-based services that help support aging in place.
In Hawai‘i, adult day care services, home care and respite services are available. One of the most cost-effective options is adult day care. Programs provide eight to 10 hours of supervised care in a group setting facility licensed by the Hawai‘i Department of Health. Participants are engaged in exercises, music, arts and crafts, enabling them to socialize with their peers. This interaction reduces the clients’ loneliness and isolation, and also provides peace of mind and respite for families.
Day care fees range from $65 to $100 per day and include snacks and a meal. Some centers accept long-term care insurance, Medicaid and/or may be contracted with the state Kūpuna Caregiver Assistance Program. To find an adult day care center near your home or work place, contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at www.hawaiiadrc.org or 808-643-2372 toll-free.