Every eight seconds, someone in the country turns 65 years old. Our local population is aging even more rapidly, and living longer, than any other state. By 2020, nearly 120,000 people will be age 65 or older in Hawai‘i.
Because the demographic makeup of our state is changing, we need to change the way we provide care for our kūpuna.
When given the choice, most kūpuna prefer aging at home. Our extended ‘ohana are often incredible care givers, but providing that care can often create financial and emotional stress. In 2016, the cost home health care in Hawai‘i was almost $10,000 higher than the national average.
There is a large gap in assistance for people faced with mounting long-term care costs.
We need to put compassionate, trained workers in positions that pay fair wages and respect the work they do to care for others.
Caring for our kūpuna is part of our island culture. This program doesn't replace the way we've always cared for our elderly; it makes it easier for everyone to afford the care they need.
We need you to contact your legislators and ask them to support a real long-term plan for long-term care in Hawai‘i.
The text of the petition is below:
Yes, we support creating a program to help provide long-term care for the residents of Hawai‘i. Caring for one another is our responsibility, and we believe the state can help make that responsibility more feasible for the residents of Hawai‘i.
Caring for our community is in line with our local values. In 2017, Hawai‘i has the opportunity to add a new piece of care infrastructure: our legislators can create a fund so that when you are in need of long-term care, you’ll be able to access financial resources to pay for care. Add your name and help us care for our kupuna!
When given the choice, ninety percent of people over age 65 prefer staying home to receive care rather than moving to a facility. Family members are dedicated caregivers, but providing that care creates financial and emotional stress.
Supporting home caregiving means Hawai‘i can honor the wishes of our seniors, who want to stay at home with their families, as well as help the caregiving families who work so hard to keep their loved ones at home safely.
But legislators need to know that all of us support this long-term care plan. Will you add your name and show your support today?
Our stories are incredibly powerful. Watch the videos below, and share them with your friends and family to let them know what Kupuna Caregivers could mean for people across Hawai'i.
Cynthia was trained as an obstetrician/gynecologist, so she was used to taking care of people all day at work. But even she wasn’t prepared for what caring for her parents demanded from her.