Kūpuna may need special care, but may be hesitant to make the big move because they prefer the familiarity of their own home. Many Hawai‘i families also struggle with the change. They may believe it their obligation to take care of their parents at home — even though they may not have the necessary skills or temperament to provide appropriate, quality care.
A care community plays a key role in making seniors feel welcome. This is especially important in order to help reduce confusion for seniors who have some form of dementia. Helping seniors assimilate into a new setting and adjust to new friends may take time. It may also be difficult for family members, but they soon find they are no longer stressed from 24/7 caregiver duties and can enjoy being with their elder parents again.
When deciding on a community for your loved one, ask other families about their experiences. With the current pandemic, it’s also important to ask about the community’s visitation policies so you can be assured you can stay in touch with your loved one.