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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Voice: 643-ADRC (643-2372)
TTY Line: 643-0889
email: ADRC@doh.hawaii.gov

Aloha! 

Welcome to the Hawaii Aging and Disability Resource Center

The Hawaii Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) helps older adults, individuals with disabilites, and family caregivers find options for long term supports and services available to them in the State of Hawaii.  The ADRC is a highly visible and trusted source where people of all incomes and ages can turn for information. ADRC staff will help to determine if you are eligible for government paid programs, assist you in finding providers you may pay for yourself, and work with you to develop an individual plan for meeting your future long-term care needs.  The assistance is paid for by the State and Counties (at no cost to you).

 

 

 

Hawaii State Seal

EXECUTIVE OFFICE ON AGING

 

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

 

TERRI BYERS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

                                   

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 17-104

December 13, 2017                                                                                

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

 

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