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Introducing Kupuna Caregivers


Hawaiʻi's new program to provide benefits directly to family caregivers

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Introducing Kupuna Caregivers


Hawaiʻi's new program to provide benefits directly to family caregivers

On July 6th, Governor Ige signed the Kupuna Caregiver Assistance Act into law, putting Hawaiʻi at the forefront of addressing the realities of 21st-century families struggling to manage and afford care for their loved ones.

This breakthrough program will provide assistance to family caregivers to be able to pay for respite care, or a home care worker to come and take a loved one to the doctor — so they won’t have to miss work, up to $70 per day. This law is a solid first step in creating the kind of care we need, taking on a recurring challenge in the life of a family caregiver and creating a way to overcome it.


More information

To keep up-to-date on the Kupuna Caregivers program and be notified when services are available, please fill out the information below. This will not enroll you for the program, but we will keep you up-to-date with the information about who is eligible and most importantly, when the benefits are available.

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What kind of assistance will be provided?

Families may receive up to $70 per day in benefits to cover costs for adult day care, chore services, home-delivered meals, homemaker services, personal care, respite care, or transportation. Family caregivers do such important work, and this groundbreaking program will help offer them the support that they need.

Who is eligible for Kupuna Caregiver Services?

  • Qualified caregivers must be actively providing care to a care recipient while also employed at least 30 hours a week outside the home by one or more employers
  • A Care Recipient is someone who:
    • Is a citizen of the United States or a qualified alien
    • Is 60 years of age or older
    • Is not covered by any comparable governmental or private home and community-based care service, except kupuna care services
    • Does not reside in a long-term care facility and
    • Has 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

Not only is this investment going to make the daily lives of family caregivers in Hawaiʻi better, it also is an inspiring step forward in addressing the economic penalties of the 44 million family caregivers across the country can incur, especially for women who take on this role. For example, 33% of working female caregivers decrease work hours, 29% pass up job promotions, trainings or assignments, 20% switch from full-time to part-time employment, 16% quit their jobs, and 13% retire early due to caregiving responsibilities. Having the ability to get help on a daily basis will provide many women (and caregiving men!) with the support they need to build their careers at the same time they can provide the quality of care that family members are so well-equipped to offer.

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Care for our Kupuna


We need a long-term plan for long-term care.

 TAKE ACTION 

Care for our Kupuna


We need a long-term plan for long-term care.

 TAKE ACTION 

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.

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The Plan


The Plan


This Fund Will

Be available to those in need

There is a large gap in assistance for people faced with mounting long-term care costs.

Create high-quality home care jobs

We need to put compassionate, trained workers in positions that pay fair wages and respect the work they do to care for others.

Represent our values

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.

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What You Can Do


What You Can Do


We need you to contact your legislators and ask them to support a real long-term plan for long-term care in Hawai‘i. 

Sign here and we'll add your name to our petition.

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The text of the petition is below:

Yes, we support creating a program to help provide long-term care for the residents of Hawaii. Caring for one another is our responsibility, and we believe the state can help make that responsibility more feasible for the residents of Hawaii.

 

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Why sign?

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?

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Our Stories


Our Stories


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.

 

Jan's Story

Jan cares for her mother-in-law, and she says, "You have to be very creative in order to make this work." Hear why she supports Kupuna Caregivers.


Rex's Story

Rex's parents didn't have health insurance when they got sick. Hear his story of taking care of them while also working full time.


Moya's Story

After Moya's husband was injured, she became his primary caregiver. Hear how Kupuna Caregivers could have helped her find balance and avoid burnout.


Cynthia's Story

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.