Many adults find the responsibility of owning a home difficult to manage as they get older. They want to remain living in their community, but in an environment that can support their individual needs and abilities. Looking for housing options for you, an aging parent, relative, or friend? Do some research first to determine what kind of assistance or living arrangement you need; what your health insurance might cover; and what you can afford. Senior housing is categorized by the level of care available to residents. At one end of the spectrum, there are communities that offer little or no care; at the other, facilities that provide continuous care. Between those extremes are a wide range of housing choices that can meet changing needs.
Here are some types of housing options:
Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
A CCRC can provide three or four levels of care on the same location. These include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care, and memory care. Rather than having to move to different location for each level of care, CCRC’s allows you to move through these levels of care within the same location. With CCRC’s, you and your family know what quality of care and setting to expect in the future. As a CCRC resident, you have the security knowing future health care needs will be addressed on the same campus. CCRC’s offers a wide variety of services from live entertainment and exercise programs to salon and barber services. Arcadia and Kahala Nui are Continuing Care Retirement Communities.
Senior independent living communities cater to seniors who are very independent with few medical problems. Residents live in fully equipped private apartments. A variety of apartment sizes are available from studios to large two bedrooms. Fine dining services are offered with custom-designed meal packages. Often, residents can choose to pay for a specified number of meals per day. Frequently, there are numerous social outings and events to choose from for entertainment.
Many independent living communities cannot legally provide any routine care to their residents. Therefore, some may partner with a home care agency that can provide personal care services for their residents. Hawaii Kai Retirement Center is an independent living community center.
An assisted living community essentially provides independent living with added support in one or more of the activities of daily living. Some locations of assisted living facilities are The Plaza with locations all over the island of Oahu and Oceanside Hawaii Assisted Living servicing the North Shore area.
Skilled nursing care provides nursing care, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. It can be needed for a short-term stay after a surgery or long term in case of debilitating illness. Hale Nani and Oahu Care are examples of Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Hospice care can begin when a doctor has determined that someone is near death or is terminally ill with six months or less to live. A hospice team brings care to the patient either at home or in a senior living community. Hospice support can work alongside with assisted living and skilled nursing communities. Their focus is on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. Some hospice facilities are Nu‘uanu Hale, St. Francis Healthcare, and Hospice Hawaii.
With the many different senior housing options available, it is important to plan for these life-changing events ahead of time so that the burden to make decisions are not placed on the children. Most seniors with Medicaid and Medicare will qualify for these housing options. It is best to discuss and determine what option is best for you or your family.
Another Kakaako condominium will soon etch its place in Honolulu’s skyline. Introducing Ililani, a 42-story condominium consisting of 328 units with a mix of one and two bedrooms. Located at the corner of Keawe and Halekauwila street, Ililani will be one block mauka of SALT Kakaako. The project will have 165 affordable and 163 market units. All one-bedroom and roughly 30 two-bedroom units will be affordable under Hawaii Housing Finance Development Corporation requirements. Applicants falling within 80-140% average median income (AMI) will be eligible for these units. The affordable units will also have a 10-year buy back restriction. Proposed unit sizes will be 500-600SF for one bedroom and 700-800+SF for two bedrooms. All units will come with split AC in each room and a lanai.
Proposed amenities will include:
- Plunge pool
- Community garden
- Multi-purpose room
- Fleet of cars for owners to use for a fee
There will be a few commercial spaces on the ground floor. Prices for Ililani are yet to be determined but anticipated to start in the $300K’s for the affordable units and starting at $600K’s for two bedroom market units. Maintenance fees are anticipated to be $.53/sq. ft. Sales for affordable unites are expected to start in the beginning of July.
If you would like to stay updated on this project as new information becomes available, give our office a call at +1 808-753-9033.
Spring has finally arrived and with the new season also comes the time to clean out our cluttered living areas. For many people, spring cleaning can be a difficult task which requires organizing and deciding what belongings you can be without. This article will provide with a basic 5 step process which you may use as a reference in order to help clean out your home so you can live a cleaner and clutter free lifestyle.
STEP 1: Take one room at a time:
Depending on the severity of how many items have accumulated over the winter months, some people may find cleaning their homes more difficult than others. Particularly when living in a single family homes with multiple bedrooms.
In this case, similar to handling any other difficult task, you must organize yourself, and divide the work load over a period of time. Start with one room and do not go to the next until that room has been completely clean.
STEP 2: Organize your things first
Sometimes the most difficult obstacle to cleaning a home is the prospect of having to throw everything away. Of course, for many people important valuables may be lost in the clutter. Some valuables may be of monetary value while others may be of sentimental value.
In order to best handle the foreboding task of having to clear out the clutter, take time to go through the clutter and decide honestly, what is important to keep and what is simply wasted space.
Once you have separated the good from the bad (or the wanted items from the junk), find an appropriate place for those important possessions. One of the true tests of deciding whether or not an item truly has value to you is deciding where to store it once you have found it. This means that you cannot simply throw all of your valuables into a generic drawer. Everything must have a designated spot.
STEP 3: Remove the junk!
Now it is time for the stress relieving part of this process. Gather multiple garbage bags and simply dispose of all the items you have labeled as a non-valuables. This will “clear” the way for you in order to facilitate the final steps of the spring cleaning process.
For some people, the amount of clutter or extra belongings may be too troublesome or dangerous to remove. In this case, the best option is to contact a junk removal specialist (you are welcome to contact www.choicehi.com/service-network for referral sources). A junk removal specialist may be hired for a fee, to remove clutter that some people may not be able to handle.
STEP 4: The wipe down!
Now that all clutter has been removed, you are free to start eliminating germs! This is the time where you vacuum or bleach your floors, dust the surfaces, and wipe down tops with disinfectants. Keep in mind, that many cleaning supplies do contain harmful chemicals and should be handled with care. Also, when cleaning, be careful when lifting heavy objects so that you do not injure yourself.
STEP 5: Air it out!
Once you have completed step four, open the windows, and use any kind of air circulation system that you have to clear out any remaining bits of dust and cleaning chemicals. Depending on the age of your current air conditioning system, a replacement may help more efficiently filter out allergens. With the new fresh air, your home will smell like new!
A Word of Caution:
Whenever possible, always hire a professional to complete the more specialized tasks. Spring cleaning can be an exciting activity. It is often easy forget that safety should always be a top priority. It is important to remember that many homes carry harmful and/or deadly chemicals or devices (e.g., asbestos, lead based paint, electrical panels, etc.). When approaching these elements, it is best to hire a specialist who can either directly handle or remove the subject of concern.