In 2017, Hawai‘i created the Kupuna Caregivers Program. This program will help family caregivers who work at least 30 hours/week outside the home by providing a $70/day benefit in services that make caring for aging family members who are 60 and over more affordable and accessible. It can help pay for things like:
- Home health care workers
- Extra help preparing meals
- Adult day care costs
The goal of Kupuna Caregivers is twofold: to support caregiving families in Hawai'i in their desire to be there for their loved ones, and to do it in an innovative, systematic manner that saves the state money in the long run. Family caregivers working outside the home often struggle with balancing caregiving, work, and personal responsibilities. Kupuna Caregivers reduces the barriers to staying fully employed and providing adequate care.
- Contact the Hawai'i Aging and Disability Resource Center here http://www.hawaiiadrc.org/
- Call the ADRC on their statewide line: (808) 643-2372 or on their TTY line: (808) 643-0899
- Watch the video below for more information
The Care For Kupuna campaign will keep you up-to-date on everything related to the Kupuna Caregivers, and any opportunities to help strengthen the program. Just fill out the form below. This will NOT enroll you for the program. It WILL ensure we can get you all the information you need to stay current with the program and it helps the Care For Kupuna campaign make sure the Kupuna Caregivers program reaches every eligible family caregiver working outside the home.
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.