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Memory care units in Hawaii, which can also go by the terms dementia care, Alzheimer’s care, or special care units, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia. They typically include specially trained staff that constantly monitors residents to ensure their safety.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Honolulu $5,700 $7,900 Aiea $5,000 $6,000 Lihue $5,435 $5,825
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community
One of the biggest attractions in Hawaii is its beautiful nature. There are various state and national parks and preserves, beaches, and trails including the Na Pali Coast State Park, Haleakala Crater, and Kalalau Trail. Museums and memorials are also abundant throughout the islands. The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument are popular destinations in Hawaii as well. So, no matter what hobbies or activities you are most interested in, Hawaii is sure to have something for everyone!
The climate in Hawaii supports two very similar seasons; summer, which is considered May to October, and winter from November to April. The average temperatures in the summer are the high 80s and the winter average highs are in the low 80s. It is not often that the temperature ever exceeds 90 degrees, or drops below 60 degrees. The location of the islands in the Pacific Ocean and their mountainous topography influence the weather.
Most areas in Hawaii get significant rainfall, around 54 inches annually, while a few others are more arid and tend to receive less rainfall. The islands are moderately humid, with the humidity being regulated by the constant breezes and winds. On average, Hawaii receives 240 days of sun. These days tend to be very intense because of Hawaii’s close location to the equator.
The term “aloha” is used often as a greeting and is a large part of the culture in Hawaii. When arriving in the state, leis are often handed out to say “aloha” at the airport. Other aspects of the culture in Hawaii involve removing shoes and leaving them outside before entering the house as a sign of respect. In addition, Hawaiians are insulted when the US is referred to as "The States” because it implies that Hawaii is not considered a state.
In Hawaii, there are no specific regulations for Alzheimer’s Care, but most assisted living regulations apply to memory care homes. Licensed staff should be available seven days a week and they must undergo orientation training and at least six hours of in-service training annually. The facilities must maintain a balance between aging in place and comply with the quality of care and life for residents.
Hawaii is ranked 5th in overall safety according to 2016’s Safest States to Live In.
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Aiea 3.09 37.13 Pearl City 2.41 37.13 Kaneohe 2.78 37.56
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payment are the usual methods used to pay for dementia care in HI. A Medicaid home and community-based service waiver cover assisted living facilities for eligible residents. For all insurance-related questions, please contact the US Department of Health and Human Services. The average monthly cost for Memory Care in Hawaii is about $5,394.
In Hawaii, patients have the right to be informed in an understandable manner about their diagnosis, treatment, and any known prognosis, unless that information is deemed medically inadvisable. The patient’s privacy should be respected to the fullest extent possible. Refusal of treatment is permitted, and you must inform the patient about the consequences of the decision. The patient of a memory care community has the right to appoint a personal representative to make decisions for them if they do not have the cognitive ability to do so.
In Hawaii, medical records can only be released with the consent of the patient or legally identified decision maker. They should also be accessible to authorized department personnel to make sure that the community is operating correctly.