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

Just a reminder that Kokua Council newsletters are available over in the right column, and may be received by email as well by filling out the form also on the right side of this web page.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

November 28 Meeting: “Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness”

*** Note: this is the last meeting for 2016. There is no general meeting in December ***

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, November 28, 2016: “Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness”

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: Steve Katz and Kumi Mcdonald: “Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness”

Steven Katz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, the father of a man living with a mental illness and a woman who is a mental health counselor and music therapist.

Kumi Macdonald is the executive director of NAMI Hawaii (National Alliance for Mental Illness Hawaii) since 2015, a person living in recovery from depression, and a mother of child recovering from depression.

1:00 Adjourn

Monday, October 03, 2016

October 25 Program: Kokua Council’s 13th Annual Community Forum: “Looking out for our kupuna in 2017”

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Monday, October 24, 2016: Kokua Council’s 13th Annual Community Forum: “Looking out for our kupuna in 2017”

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 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: Kokua Council’s 13th Annual Community Forum: “Looking out for our kupuna in 2017”

Your comments and votes will be collected

1:30 Adjourn

Friday, September 30, 2016

New federal rules for long-term care homes are very extensive, will require more diligent state monitoring

by Larry Geller

New federal rules that are to take effect November 28 will prohibit pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements for long-term care facilities that receive federal funds—usually Medicare or Medicaid. Removing these clauses, which prevent families from suing, is very appropriate and welcome. This applies to new admissions only, after the effective date.

But the rule brings extensive changes in other areas, and it will be necessary to closely monitor whether long-term care facilities have made the changes necessary to comply. For example, surveyors may have to determine if staffing is sufficient to provide food to residents that is served at an appropriate temperature and in an appetizing form and is sufficient to prevent unintended weight loss and dehydration. That is just one new requirement of the new federal rule, but it illustrates that enforcement will not be a matter of simply taking a quick glance around the facility.

Hawaii’s Department of Health will have to drastically revise its lax attitude toward protecting residents of long-term care facilities

Kokua Council currently is suing the DOH to compel it to post inspection reports as required by state law.

DOH has declined to carry out unannounced inspections, which are the best way to uncover violations of these or prior state or federal rules.

It is also grossly underfunding the office of the Longterm Care Ombudsman to the point where the office cannot fulfill its mission to handle complaints related to the state’s 12,300 residents living in 1,700 long-term facilities.

The new rules are posted for download below and can be read on-line. Here are some highlights, which may not give a complete view of the changes—the document is 713 pages long, including comments and responses.

Mandatory arbitration prohibited in new agreements

This rule change applies to new agreements and does not prohibit arbitration in new disputes, if both parties choose that procedure. What the rule prohibits is pre-dispute arbitration clauses—that is, the prohibitions against court action that may be typically found in care home agreements. Again, these rules apply only to facilities receiving federal funds.

When a spouse or relative has to be admitted to a care home, the entire process is extremely traumatic for the family. Often, decisions have to be made on very short notice and without time to understand all the implications of the papers that must be signed. So requiring a family to sign away their right to sue in the event that a care home seriously injures their loved one is predatory.

The knowledge that there is an arbitration clause may lead some homes to take fewer precautions to ensure good care, knowing that they cannot be sued.

Families are not equipped for and cannot usually afford to go to arbitration. The process is also inapproriate to handle claims of neglect such as might arise, and which would be far more common in a care situation than the monetary claims typically seen in commercial or consumer arbitration instances.

Changes in facility and procedure requirements

This short summary touches on only a few changes and is not intended to be comprehensive. If there are errors in the points below, they are mine.

The new rule mandates changes in newly constructed, reconstructed, or newly certified facilities including:

  • Bedrooms must accommodate no more than two residents
  • Each resident room must have its own bathroom equipped with at least a commode and sink

Changes for all long-term care homes include:

  • Each resident room must be equipped with or located near toilet and bathing facilities
  • The facility must be adequately equipped to allow residents to call for staff assistance through a communication system which relays the call directly to a staff member or to a centralized staff work area from each resident’s bedside, toilet and bathing facilities
  • The rule includes changes in personnel responsible for infection control
  • The facility must ensure that meal service is provided to meet residents’ clinical and nutritional needs

A table in the rule document summarizes all the changes.

Download New CMS Nursing Home Rule from KokuaCouncil.org

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September 26 Program: “Homeless Overview and Update”

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, September 26, 2016:Homeless Overview and Update”

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 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: Jerry Coffee LCSW “Homeless Overview and Update”

Jerry Coffee serves as the Clinical Director for the Institute of Human Services (IHS), Hawaii's largest and most established homeless provider. As Clinical Director Jerry works to support IHS's day-to-day operations, which involves oversight for mental health, medical and outreach services and housing placement and employment training programs. IHS provides shelter to over 300 single men, woman and families each night, serves over 700 meals per day and is managed by over 100 employees.

1:00 Adjourn

Friday, September 02, 2016

Kokua Council Windward: September 8 Program: John McDermott: “Advocating for the Well Being of Our Seniors”

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: John McDermott LSW, ACSW, M.Div, Long Term Care Ombudsman, Executive Office on Aging: “Advocating for the Well Being of Our Seniors”

John McDermott, Hawaii’s Long Term Care Ombudsman, looks out for the rights and well-being of our pensioners.

From the website: “The Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) program was established by federal and state statutes. The LTCO identifies, investigates, and resolves complaints that are made by, or on behalf of residents, and related to action, inaction, or decisions that may adversely affect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of residents of long term care facilities such as nursing homes, adult residential care homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities.”

John will give us an update on the current challenges facing senior citizens in Hawaii.

1:30 Adjourn

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 22 Program: “Defining the Responsibilities of the Campaign Spending Commission”

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Monday, August 22, 2016:Defining the Responsibilities of the Campaign Spending Commission”

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 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: Tony Baldomero “Defining the Responsibilities of the Campaign Spending Commission”

Tony Baldomero is the Associate Director of the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission. He has been
with the Commission for over 20 years.

1:00 Adjourn

Monday, July 25, 2016

Kokua Council files suit in state court to compel the Hawaii Department of Health to post long term care home inspection reports

Kokua Council filed a lawsuit in state court this morning to compel the Hawaii Department of Health to post long term care home inspection reports to their website as required by state law.

For details, please click here to read an article posted on Civil Beat. There was also an article in the July 26, 2016 Star-Advertiser, if you have a copy of the paper.

Download 20160725 Kokua Council Complaint against Hawaii Department of Health from Kokua Council



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

June 25, 2016 Program: “Understanding Affordable Housing”

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Monday, June 25, 2016:Understanding Affordable Housing

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 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: Diane Terada and Rona Fukumoto: “Understanding Affordable Housing”

Diane Terada is Division Administrator of the Community & Senior Services (CSS) Division of Catholic Charities Hawaii (CCH). Rona Fukumoto is Division Administrator of the Housing and Referral Programs (HARP) of CCH.  They will describe the housing needs of seniors and the challenges seniors face in finding affordable rental housing, homeless issues, and the work of CCH’s Development Corporation which is currently building senior affordable housing in Mililani.

1:00 Adjourn

Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, July 14, 2016 Program: “Honolulu Civil Beat – Watchdog Journalism”

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: Chad Blair: “Honolulu Civil Beat – Watchdog Journalism”

Chad Blair is one of the best-known reporters for Honolulu Civil Beat. He has been a writer, editor, and teacher in Honolulu for more than 25 years. Chad has worked as a journalist for Pacific Business News, Hawaii Public Radio and Honolulu Weekly. He has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu Community College, Hawaii Pacific University and Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Created in 2010 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, Honolulu Civil Beat has quickly become one of the most respected news sites in Hawaii. Civil Beat is a free on-line news site. Its mission is to inform and educate Hawaii residents so they can make good decisions about vital issues. It is a non-profit organization supported by community donations.

Chad will share his experience as an investigative watchdog journalist.

1:30 Adjourn

Thursday, June 02, 2016

June 27 Program: John G. McDermott: “The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is Broken, But Can Be Fixed With Your Support”

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, June 27, 2016: “The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is Broken, But Can Be Fixed With Your Support”

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 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: John G. McDermott: “The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is Broken, But Can Be Fixed With Your Support”

John G. McDermott, LSW, ACSW, M.Div., has been the State Long Term Care Ombudsman since 1998. Prior to that, he was Director of Social Services at Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for 7 years and held that same position at Maunalani Nursing and Rehab Center the prior two years. Having seen and worked on both sides, Mr. McDermott is an expert on Hawaii's long term care options and will share with us why the LTCOP is no longer effective and what fellow senior advocates can do to strengthen this federal and state mandated program.

1:00 Adjourn

Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, June 9, 2016: “What Must Be Done to Save the Nation from Catastrophe?”

COMMUNITY WELCOME

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

Agenda:

12:30 Program: Richard Miller, “What Must Be Done to Save the Nation from Catastrophe?”

Richard Miller is Professor of Law, Emeritus and former Dean of the William S. Richardson School of
Law at University of Hawaii—Manoa, which he helped establish on his arrival in Hawaii in 1973. He has served as a board member for the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii, the Media Council Hawaii, and Kokua Council and as a legal consultant for the Hawaii Coalition for Health.

1:30 Adjourn