Monday, May 21, 2018

Honolulu announces opening of Section 8 wait list

 From the City and County website:
Opening of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Wait List
The City and County of Honolulu’s Section 8 HCV Wait List will be open on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 7:45 a.m. to Friday, June 8, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.  For details, please read the Public Notice which was posted in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Reminder:  Please review the List of Information needed to fill-in the pre-application.  The link to the online pre-application is at https://tinyurl.com/oahuvoucherwl  It will be available only during the Wait List opening period.
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Spread the word on SNAP benefits for kupuna

Do you know any food-insecure seniors? They may not know they could qualify for SNAP (food stamp) benefits. Let them know!

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Monday, May 07, 2018

Kokua Council Windward Thursday, May 10th Program: "Cherish the Earth with Sierra Club"

Pohai Nani, Club Room, 2nd Floor,
45-090 Namoku Street, Kaneohe

COMMUNITY WELCOME

Agenda:

11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room, $11. Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox 779-3606, Richard Miller 254-1796 or Mary Piette 263-5956

12:30 Program: Kimiko Lahaela-Walter: "Cherish the Earth with Sierra Club"

Kimiko Lahaela-WalterKimiko is the Conservation Program Coordinator for the Sierra Club of Hawaii.

The Sierra Club of Hawai'i is one of the oldest and most effective grassroots environmental organizations in the islands.  Founded in 1968, they currently have more than 16,000 members and supporters volunteering to help people better explore, enjoy, and protect Hawaiʻi's unique environment and wildlife. 

They inspire residents of all ages to get outdoors, experience our unique environment, and stand up for the things we all love about the Hawaiian Islands.

Not only does the Sierra Club advocate for sustainability, but they practice it through on-the-ground conservation. Their outings and service programs organize hundreds of volunteers each year to perform such tasks as native species planting, trail building, beach cleanups, and invasive species removal.

1:30 Adjourn

May 23, 2018–12th Annual “The Good, Bad and the Ugly” post-legislative forum

There is no regular meeting in May.

Instead:

Please join us for the 12th Annual Post Legislative Forum

"The Good, Bad, and the Ugly"


Sponsored by the Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans (HARA) and Kokua Council

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 8:30 am to noon at the State Capitol, Room 325

Cost: Free A continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided. To reserve a space, please RSVP by calling 722-9937 or email: wongj060@hawaii.rr.com.

Invited legislators include:

Senator Ronald Koucbi, Senate President
Senator Michelle Kidani, Senate Vice President
Senator Rosalyn Baker, Commerce, Consumer
       Protection & Health Chair
Senator Josh Green, Human Services Chair
Senator Donovan Dela Cruz, Ways & Means Chair
Senator Will Espero, Housing Chair
Representative Scott Saiki, House Speaker
Representative Mark Nakashima, House Vice Speaker
Representative John Mizuno, Health & Human
        Services Chair
Representative Della Au Belatti, Majority Leader
Representative Sylvia Luke, Finance Chair
Representative Gregg Takayama, Kupuna Caucus Co-Chair

Shining Light Awards” will be presented to individuals who have contributed to advancing issues in the Legislature and the community of senior advocates in the legislative process.
            

The Legislative Review is a forum to hear from legislators about how senior issues fared this session and to allow attendees to share issues and concerns that may be considered in the 2019 Legislative Session and beyond.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Monday, April 23 program: Is adult day care the key to community-based senior care?

Please Join Us for Lunch

Monday, April 23, 2018-- 11:30 A.M. To 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church, Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.

Ample parking—driveway off Nuuanu Ave.

Agenda:
11:30 Luncheon (optional) : Various Pizzas, Salad, and dessert—$5.00 Donation
11:45 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks, Jim Shon, President
12:00 Program: Kathy Wyatt: “Is adult day care the key to community-based senior care?”
1:00 Adjourn

Kathy Wyatt is a Registered Nurse, a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Certified Director of Nursing in Long Term Care, and Certified Administrator of Assisted Living Facilities and Adult Residential Care Homes.  Ms. Wyatt is on the Kokua Council Board and is active in Kupuna Caucus. She runs a non- profit organization, Hale Hau’oli Hawaii, that is committed to meeting the needs of the elderly and their caregivers through community education programs, resources and referrals, and an adult day care.

For program details, see the April Kokua Council newsletter.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018 Kokua Council program: Working towards common ground on the Jones Act

Please Join Us for Lunch

Monday, March 26, 2018-- 11:30 A.M. To 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church, Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.

Ample parking—driveway off Nuuanu Ave.

“Working towards common ground on the Jones Act”

Agenda:
11:30 Luncheon (optional) : Various Pizzas, Salad, and dessert—$5.00 Donation
11:45 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks, Jim Shon, Interim President
12:00 Program: Joe Kent: “Working towards common ground on the Jones Act”
1:00 Adjourn

Joe Kent is Vice President of Research, The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

For program details, see the March Kokua Council newsletter.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

MONDAY, February 26, 2018 program: Legislative Review—The key bills and issues in the 2018 session

Please Join Us for Lunch

MONDAY, February 26, -- 11:30 A.M. To 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church, Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.

Ample parking—driveway off Nuuanu Ave.

Legislative Review

The Key Bills and Issues in the 2018 Session

Agenda:
11:30 Luncheon (optional) : Various Pizzas, Salad, and dessert—$5.00 Donation
11:45 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks, Jim Shon, Interim President
12:00 Program: The Key Bills and Issues in the 2018 Session
1:00 Adjourn

IN MEMORIUM

One of Kokua Council’s longest serving leaders, Laura Manis, recently passed away. Laura was a major contributor to senior advocacy for many years, chairing our legislative committee. She knew all the people, and all the issues. Laura will be missed. We can honor her by remembering that each and every one of us can continue to be engaged in our democracy, and in carefully following how our government responds to the challenges of a rapidly aging community.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Kokua Council Windward Thursday, January 11 program

Kokua Council Windward

& Pohai Nani Green Team

Thursday, January 11th  12:30-1:30 p.m.   

Pohai Nani 2nd Floor Club Room

Honolulu Opala Program Recycling Specialist Evan K. Bisho will give a presentation on what and how residents in the community and at Pohal Nani should sort their recyclables and other wastes that go to the city transfer stations and H-Power under the present Department of Environmental Services Refuse Division.

There are current community concerns that the policies of the city’s garbage disposal and recycling program will be changed in a few years.

Jerry Aglipay, Pohai Nani maintenance supervisor will explain the disposal of waste and recycling operations at Pohai Nani.

We welcome Pohai Nani and Kaneohe community residents to attend this meeting.

For more information: Chuck Burrows 595-3922, Duane Preble 551-5994, Samuel Cox 779-3606, Dick Miller 254-1796

Monday, January 29, 2018 program: Legislative Review—The Key Bills and Issues in the 2018 Session

Please Join Us for Lunch

Last Monday in January -- 11:30 A.M. To 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church, Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.

Ample parking—driveway off Nuuanu Ave.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Legislative Review

The Key Bills and Issues in the 2018 Session

Agenda:
11:30 Luncheon (optional) : Various Pizzas, Salad, and dessert—$5.00 Donation
11:45 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks, Jim Shon, Interim President
12:00 Program: The Key Bills and Issues in the 2018 Session
1:00 Adjourn

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Governor’s press release: Kupuna Caregivers Program provides up to $70 per day to cover cost of adult care services

Hot press release – not yet posted on the Governor’s website:

December 13, 2017 17-104

State launches landmark Kupuna Caregivers Program to help working caregivers pay for support services for older adults

HONOLULU - Working caregivers who pay for services to support their kupuna may now be eligible for financial help of up to $70 per day to cover the cost of adult day care, chore services, home-delivered meals, homemaker services, personal care, respite, or transportation. The Hawaii Executive Office on Aging (EOA) is launching the state's Kupuna Caregivers Program which was signed into law earlier this year by Gov. David Ige to help Hawaii's working caregivers.

"The landmark initiative is a first step in recognizing the significant contributions and sacrifices of Hawaii's working caregivers as they celebrate and honor their kupuna," said Gov. David Ige. "Support for our caregivers is critically needed as Hawaii's population is aging more rapidly than the national average and our seniors live longer than seniors in any other state."

Under Act 102, qualified caregivers who apply for the program may receive up to $70 per day in services (subject to the availability of funds and paid directly to contracted service providers, not the caregiver). To be eligible, caregivers must be employed at least 30 hours a week by one or more employers and provide direct care to a care recipient who is a citizen of the US or a qualified alien, 60 years of age or older, and not covered by any comparable government or private home and community-based care service, except kupuna care services. The care recipient cannot reside in a long-term care facility and must have impairments of at least two activities of daily living or two instrumental activities of daily living or one activity of daily living and one instrumental activity of daily living or substantive cognitive impairment requiring substantial supervision.

"We are hopeful that this program will provide working caregivers with the opportunity to continue working and with peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are safe and are receiving services and supports that maximize their independence and quality of life," said Terri Byers, director of the Hawaii Executive Office on Aging. "EOA is looking forward to analyzing the data we collect during this first six-month pilot period to evaluate demand for services, provider capacity, and how effective the program is in helping caregivers retain employment and ease financial burden."

Interested caregivers should contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) as soon as possible to apply for the program. Program funding is limited to a total of $600,000 available until June 30, 2018 unless a subsequent appropriation is made by the Hawaii State Legislature. Applying for the program includes employment verification, assessment of the care recipient, and a caregiver burden assessment. For further information or to apply, call the ADRC statewide phone number (808) 643-2372, ADRC TTY line (808) 643-0899, or go to http://www.hawaiiadrc.org.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Monday November 27 Program: Disaster Preparedness: Can we protect our seniors?

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH


Monday November 27, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church, Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.
Ample parking—driveway off Nuuanu Ave.

TOPIC: DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: CAN WE PROTECT OUR SENIORS?

OUR PANEL OF EXPERTS:
  • Inspector Nelson Makua who is with the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Honolulu Fire Department
  • Toby Clairmont who is the Executive Officer of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA)
  • John Cummings III who is Public Information Officer for the City and County’s Department of Emergency Management

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon: Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:45 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks, Jim Shon, Interim President

12:00 Panel of Experts’ remarks and Q&A.

1:00 Adjourn

Monday, October 09, 2017

Kokua Council Windward Thursday, October 12th Program: “Sustainability Ideas for Action”

Pohai Nani, Club Room, 2nd Floor,
45-090 Namoku Street, Kaneohe

COMMUNITY WELCOME

Agenda:

11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room, $11. Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox (808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com .

12:30 Program: Duane Preble, Convener: “Sustainability Ideas for Action”

Extensive travel has given Duane and his wife, Sarah, global perspectives. Consequently, they consider themselves citizens of the world. They have long been advocates for local environmental planning and sustainability issues.

Both have served on boards of environmental organizations.   Concern for the sustainability of Hawaii and our planet has led them to work to reduce their carbon footprint and lead by example.

Duane, together with Chuck “Doc” Burrows and others, are proposing a Sustainability Action Committee to be based here at Pohai Nani.  He will share his ideas and is inviting you to share yours.  Interested community members are welcome.

1:30 Adjourn

Friday, September 15, 2017

Monday September 25 Program: Rep. Mizuno remarks and Q&A


PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday September 25, 2017 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church, Nuuanu Ave. & South Vineyard Blvd.
Ample parking—driveway off Nuuanu Ave.

TOPIC: Rep. John Mizuno, Chair of the newly created House Committee on Health and Human Services. Representative Mizuno will chair this important committee that covers a wide range of health and human service issues.

On Rep. Mizuno's agenda will be Ensuring Consumer Protection for Vulnerable Seniors, Preparing for possible Federal cuts in funds to Hawaii, Listening to the issues and priorities of senior advocates, and answering our questions. Find out about the current efforts to prevent existing licensed care homes from dropping their licenses and thus operating beyond the State’s authority to protect residents.

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:45 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks, Jim Shon, Interim President

12:00 Rep. Mizuno remarks and Q&A.

1:00 Adjourn

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017 program: “Fighting back against injustice, the battle for condo owners' rights”

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, August 28, 2017:

“Fighting back against injustice, the battle for condo owners' rights

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Panel discussion: “Fighting back against injustice, the battle for condo owners'
rights

Representatives of government and the legal community are invited panelists. And representatives of the condo community, including condo management, association board directors, and owners, will also participate. It should be a lively discussion!

1:00 Adjourn

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, August 10, 2017: “Alzheimers’: The Caregiver’s Perspective: From diagnosis to saying the long goodbye”

Pohai Nani, Club Room, 2nd Floor,
45-090 Namoku Street, Kaneohe

COMMUNITY WELCOME

Agenda:

11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room, $11. Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox (808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com or Richard Miller 254-1796.

12:30 Program: Pearl Johnson: “Alzheimers’: The Caregiver’s Perspective: From diagnosis to saying the long goodbye”

1:30 Adjourn

Monday, July 24, 2017 Program: House Speaker Scott K. Saiki

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, June 26, 2017: House Speaker Scott K. Saiki

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Rep. Scott K. Saiki

Rep. Scott K. Saiki represents District 26, the urban Honolulu areas of McCully, Kaheka, Kakaako, and
Downtown. He was first elected in 1996 and named Majority Leader in 2013. He became Speaker in the
2017 legislative session.

Representative Saiki was born in Honolulu. He Received his B.A. from the University of Hawaii at
Manoa, and his J.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's William S. Richardson School of Law.

In addition to being a state representative, Saiki is a lawyer in private practice.]

1:00 Adjourn

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday, June 26 Program: “Mental Health Issues Facing Seniors”

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, June 26, 2017: “Mental Health Issues Facing Seniors”

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Dr. Mark A. Fridovich: Mental Health Issues Facing Seniors

Dr. Mark A. Fridovich is Administrator of the Hawaii Department of Health Adult Mental Health Division. He served as the Administrator of the Hawaii State Hospital (HSH) from August 2006 to the February 2013, at the end of the multiple-decade long US Department of Justice involvement with HSH and AMHD. Dr. Fridovich is also (Adjunct) Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. He is a doctoral level licensed psychologist and holds a Masters degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

1:00 Adjourn

Friday, May 12, 2017

May 24, 2017–11th Annual “The Good, Bad and the Ugly” post-legislative forum

There is no regular meeting in May. Instead:

Please join us for the 11th Annual Post Legislative Forum

"The Good, Bad, and the Ugly"


Sponsored by the Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans (HARA) and Kokua Council

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:30 am to noon at the State Capitol, Room 325

Cost: Free A continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided.

 

Invited Speakers include:

Senator Ronald Kouchi, Senate President
Senator Jill Tokuda
Senator Will Espero
Senator Rosalyn Baker
Senator Josh Green
Senator Les Ihara, Jr.

Representative Joseph Souki, House Speaker
Representative Sylvia Luke
Representative Gregg Takayama
Representative Scott Saiki
Representative Dee Morikawa
Representative Delia Au Belatti

Shining Light Awards” will be presented to individuals who have contributed to advancing issues in the Legislature and the community of senior advocates in the legislative process.

To reserve a space,
please RSVP by calling 722-9937 or email: wongj060@hawaii.rr.com.

The Legislative Review is a forum to hear from legislators about how senior issues fared this session and to allow attendees to share issues and concerns that may be considered in the 2018 Legislative Session and beyond.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Kokua Council Windward RESCHEDULED from May 11–> June 8

Due to illness of our speaker, our Kokua Council Windward Program scheduled for Thursday May 11th is cancelled.   The program will be rescheduled for Thursday, June 8th.

Complete article from May 2017 newsletter

Analysis of November 2016 ADRC Report to the Legislature On The Effectiveness of the ADRC System

Pursuant to HB 1878, ACT 138 Requiring the Executive Office on Aging (EOA) to Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Aging and Disability Resource Centers. This can be found on the web at:

http://health.hawaii.gov/opppd/files/2016/10/Act-138-EOA-Annual-Report-111416.pdf

Background. According to statistics provided by the University of Hawaii’s Center on the Family, Hawaii’s aging population is heavily weighted towards females.

For Example.

· There are Approximately 138,000 seniors aged 70 or older.

· Of the 138,000, 80,000 (58%) are female, and 58,000 (42%) male.

· Of those aged 75 or above, there are about 97,000.

· Of the 97,000, 57,000 (59%) are female, and 39,000 (40%) male.

· Of those aged 80 or above, there are 62,000.

· Of those 62,000, 38,000 (61%) are female, and 24,000 (39%) are male.


KEY TAKEAWAY
: Whatever programs and services provided, and their quality, older women are a majority of the customers. Therefore, if Hawaii's efforts to serve the elderly are less than expected, women are greatly disadvantaged as a group.

The November 2016 EOA Report on the effectiveness of the ADRC System looks at so called Long Term Support Options and Benefits (LTSS) between August 15 – October 25 – a two month snapshot of first time Kupuna Care Customers.

Kupuna Care services are adult day care, assisted transportation, attendant care, case management, chore, home delivered meals, homemaker, personal care, and transportation. It is easy to see that those needing one service might well need others.

EOA Study Demographics By County

Demographics

Hawaii

Honolulu

Kauai

Maui

Median Age

87

n=20

82

n=486

85

n=20

76

n=76

Male

40%

34%

45%

30.6%

Female

60%

65.8%

55%

67.3%

Live Alone

45%

29.9%

25%

37.8%



KEY TAKEAWAY: These demographics suggest that those seeking services were generally 80 years of age or older, and, similar to our statewide gender breakdown, 60% female and 40% male.

KEY TAKEAWAY: The report indicates that there were 11,400 contacts to ADRCs during the study period. Therefore, we must ask why only 626 were "qualified" or only 5% received services. Overall, for this two-month period, attention was paid to creating a service plan for this 5%, yet only 14.4% of these customers received a first service. The lowest was for Honolulu with only 5.7%. Clearly, the ADRCs are not yet a major factor in coordinating or providing services to our most vulnerable elders.

KEY TAKEAWAY: From the time a senior consumer requests assistance, it is not taking an extraordinary amount of time to receive an assessment and support plan - at least for 75% of the customers. However, for the last 25%, these can take well over a month in Hawaii and Honolulu counties. Why it takes so much longer is not well explained. This is before services are even delivered.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Clearly, for those who qualify for more than one service, the ability of ADRCs to deliver more than one service is limited. Because 80 year olds are most likely to require support in multiple of areas of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living and even more fundamental Activities of Daily Living, it is not clear how ADRCs are able to service the full needs of these customers.

CONCLUSIONS:

While it is important to see raw data, the report is not strong on analysis of systems or policies that might be helpful to administrative, legislative, and stakeholder oversight. The statistic that stands out the most, is that for over 11,000 contacts by consumers, only 5% entered the ADRC system. Discussion in the report is often confined to observing what the tables say, but not why. In other words, when services are not timely or complete: What should be done about it? This leads to the following observations:

It is not clear from the report why EOA and the ADRCs were not able to provide statistics on at least one full year of their operations. Acknowledging that there is a gradual phase in of these operations, more data should be available. It is not clear if we can safely multiply the numbers by six for a relatively accurate picture of ADRC annual effectiveness. Context is meaning. How do these data compare or relate to other sources of data such as census data? Is a particular number unexpectedly high or low?

First, it is not clear from the report why EOA and the ADRCs were not able to provide statistics on at least one full year of their operations. Acknowledging that there is a gradual phase in of these operations, more data should be available. It is not clear if we can safely multiply the numbers by six for a relatively accurate picture of ADRC annual effectiveness. Context is meaning.  How do these data compare or relate to other sources of data such as census data? Is a particular number unexpectedly high or low?

Second, it is not clear from the report if each ADRC has the same criteria in assessing the needs of seniors, in qualifying them for services, in “counting” services provided, or in removing seniors from the proverbial wait list. Senior advocates report anecdotally that if a customer does not return a call immediately, some ADRCs will remove them from the waiting list. In the past, it was reported that if a senior qualified, for example, for bathing services once a week, but did not receive it but once every month, it was still counted as “delivered.” There are no data or analysis that clarify whether these issues are significant or persistent.

Third, the report does not address financial or administrative roadblocks. These include the timeliness of the release of funds from the State Department of Budget and Finance to Executive Office on Aging and then when each ADRC actually receives the funds. And then contracts must be signed. This is especially relevant in executing contracts for community-based services.

Fourth, the report does not reflect the extent to which each county contributes or does not contribute to ADRC funding, or county services provided directly to the elderly. It is well known, for example, that the City and County of Honolulu does not contribute. Community based bloc grants are relevant to the mix, yet not mentioned.

Fifth, the report does not clarify whether its staff is adequate to assess, plan, coordinate and follow up on services.

Sixth, the report comments on but does not analyze with data the capacity of county community-based services to provide services called for in the individual plans, or whether they have the skilled workers to even hire for such services. There is a theoretical speculation about certain skill sets, but we do not know if the available pool of workers relates to compensation, cost of living, or lack of attractiveness of the work. Or, are most workers in private pay situations? Presumably, capacity would vary from county to county. Therefore, it is impossible to know if the inability to deliver services lies with the county ADRC or the general lack of services available geographically.  A specific ADRC may be doing a great job, but simply cannot find services or skilled workers.  On the other hand, capacity may not be the reason why a particular ADRC is not performing as hoped.

Seventh, the issue of gender begins to emerge as an important factor in serving our frailest elders.  It is very difficult to access data on the gender demographics for state licensed residential facilities. However, anecdotally, the overwhelming number of residents are female. Are widows and those living alone less able or willing to traverse the red tape to enter the system? Conversely, are we simply less focused or effective in reaching out to males?

Eighth, the State’s Kupuna Care program, and the movement of financial resources through administrative pipelines to each county, do not exist in a vacuum. Recent revelations as to the inadequacy of quality control, licensing, unannounced inspections, and heavily redacted reports that are of little use to consumers, are part of a larger picture of how well the State is serving our elders, particularly older women. When the State’s Long Term Care Ombudsman is responsible for being the eyes and ears of oversight for over 12,000 residential seniors, this means that each element in the State’s matrix of services cannot be seen in isolation. If ADRCs are not filling in the gaps, who is?

 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, April 13, 2017: “Historical Look at American Presidents and Their Wives”

Pohai Nani, Club Room, 2nd Floor,
45-090 Namoku Street, Kaneohe

COMMUNITY WELCOME

Agenda:

11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room, $11. Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox (808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com.

12:30 Program: Lyle Nelson: “Historical Look at
American Presidents and Their Wives”

image004Lyle Nelson had a distinguished 30 year career with the Honolulu Star Bulletin. He wrote on subjects including the Vietnam War, aviation news, prep football and the end of UH football in 1960. His work routine led to interviews with hundreds of VIPs ranging from Bush No. 1 to Neil Armstrong and Joe DiMaggio. During this time he researched and wrote his book, American Presidents.

Lyle will share some of the highlights of previous Presidents and their wives. There will be time for discussion, including thoughts on our current President.

1:30 Adjourn

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Links to Hawaii Legislature “Measures Pending Action” lists

For those receiving our newsletter in print form, and others, here are links to two useful lists that can help advocates follow bills still alive as the Hawaii legislative session wraps up.

Measures Pending Action in the House

Measures Pending Action in the Senate

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 28 Meeting: “Pharm and Falling: Fall Prevention and the Relationship with Medications”

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH Note date change – this month only: meeting is on Tuesday

Tuesday, March 28, 2017:
“Pharm and Falling: Fall Prevention and the Relationship with Medications”

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Patrick Uyemoto and Stan Michaels: “Pharm and Falling: Fall Prevention and the Relationship with Medications”

Patrick Uyemoto, Pharm.D. is the Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Times Supermarkets. Patrick manages
the Times Pharmacy Clinical Service division and the AADE accredited Times Diabetes Care Center
program.

Stan Michaels, MFA is Senior Fall Prevention Coordinator and Public Health Educator in the DOHEmergency
Medical Services and Injury Prevention Systems Branch.

1:00 Adjourn

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 27 meeting info and report on progress in Kokua Council’s lawsuit against DOH

Report on status of Kokua Council’s legal action to require the Department of Health to post long term care inspection reports to their website

The state is violating public records law by blacking out too much information from nursing home inspection reports.—Civil Beat

judgeWe received a favorable ruling so far on one of the three counts of our complaint. For details, please see the Civil Beat report here.


Thanks to the generousity of Kokua Council donors, we will continue our arguments and get the reports posted so that families can make the best decisions when a loved one must be placed in a long term care facility.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, February 27, 2016

10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave

Agenda:

10:30 Program: Open Board Meeting: No Formal Speaker: Discussion on Priority Legislation

Anyone interested may attend. Those who want to bring specific legislation to the attention of the Kokua Council Board are invited to participate. It is always helpful to have a short handout outlining the issue, the bill number, etc. For example, on February 27 we are likely to discuss the Death with Dignity proposals.

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

1:00 Adjourn

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