|It takes a lot of people applying a lot of pressure to get a good idea to move through government.
You proved what’s possible when the legislature unanimously passed the Kupuna Caregivers Program last month and sent it to the Governor for his signature. But it’s been over a month, and the bill is still sitting on Governor Ige’s desk.
We need to do it again. Family caregivers can’t continue to wait for the help they need, and Governor Ige must act soon. Let’s remind him how important this issue is to families across Hawai’i. Will you send him a personal message today?
As Governor Ige decides what legislation to sign this year, it’s vitally important that he hears from us again.
When you click to send your note to the Governor, we’ll send you to his official website contact form. It’s a long form, but it is the best way to make your voice heard.
As you go down the page, there are a few required fields to fill out. When it asks for the bill’s “Topic,” select Health. Make it clear that you’re talking about “Bill Number” HB607. And for your “Position,” definitely say that you Support the bill!
Then, when you get to the “Message” field, you don’t need to write much to have a real impact: a short note about your story and why the legislation is important to you will be enough to leave an impression. We’d recommend something like this:
Please sign the Kupuna Caregivers bill (HB 607) to give our families the help we need to provide the care our kūpuna deserve.
Or you can write a sentence or two of your own about how caregiving has affected your life and how this vital support would help your family.
We all know that caregiving, and caregivers, are often invisible in our society. Will you take action today to remind Governor Ige about the work caregivers do, and the need for the Kupuna Caregivers program?
Thanks for all you do,
Kevin, Pedro, and the Care4Kupuna team
SB534 aims to give family caregivers some respite from their unpaid labor of love, looking after seniors at home. For some, that has meant giving up paid professional work or cutting back on hours. There are financial, emotional and physical costs to the caregiving that is now largely borne, unheralded and unpaid. Pedro Haro and Kathy Jaycox share their work on this bill for caregiver compensation.
Pedro Haro is the Hawaii Community Organizer for Caring Across Generations, a national movement of families, caregivers, people with disabilities and aging Americans working to transform the way we care for this country. He is putting together the rally organized by Care For Our Kupuna, on Feb 7 at 10 a.m. at the Rotunda to urge legislators to do something this session to address the challenge presented by our demographics.
Kathy Jaycox, a Kailua resident since 1992, developed many coalitions across institutional boundaries. This has included partnering the UH Community Colleges with the Hawaii Department of Education to implement Running Start, which allows high school students to enroll in college courses and earn dual credit.
Kathy also considers herself the “birth mother” of the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, an alliance of pre-K, K-12, and higher education.
In retirement, she continues to be an organizational bridge builder. As the Oahu president of FACE, Faith Action for Community Equity, she works with a coalition of 23 organizations — most of them faith-based — to address issues of social justice.
After years of working toward providing the Wahiawa community has access to affordable, high-quality health care, the Wahiawa Center for Community Health (Wahiawa Health) is ready to open to the public!
FACE has supported this project through the years, and we encourage our members to attend the celebration and blessing on Saturday, August 13. The event will include food, activities, and entertainment.
Date: August 13, 2016
302 California Avenue parking lot (Wahiawa Medical Building/Medical Arts Clinic)
We will start the Blessing at 12:00 pm and the event will run until 3:00 pm
Come see internationally acclaimed operatic tenor TA’U PUPU’A and friends in concert on May 21! Presented by Kilohana UMC and Kilohana Angels, this benefit concert is to raise money for Kilohana UMC’s music ministry and Kilohana Angels’ home health care training and certification.
Time: Saturday, May 21, 7:00 pm
Location: McKinley Auditorium – 1039 S King Street
JOIN THE RALLY – Access to Higher Education for All
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at 3:00 pm
Fronting Hawai’i State Capitol on Beretania Street
- Pass HB1613 and HB 1513
- Fight for your future
- Education is a right
- Not a debt sentence
TOWN HALL MEETING: How much is our care worth?
Monday, February 29
Registration at 5:30pm / Program at 6pm
Sacred Hearts Academy
3235 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, 96816
Join elected officials, advocates, and experts for a town hall meeting about SB 2478 and HB 1885 — our plan to ensure everyone in Hawai’i can care for our kupuna.
For more information, contact Dawn:
Hawaii Needs Long-Term Plan for Long-Term Care
By the Rev. Samuel L. Domingo – Posted January 20, 2016, in Star Advertiser
Caring for our community means something different in Hawaii than it does anywhere else in the country.
We know the value of family and community, and the important role our elders play in both.
Leviticus 19:32 tells us: “Rise in the presence of the aged and honor the elderly face-to-face!” There is a moral imperative in taking care of our elders, and God expects us to do that.
When given the choice, 90 percent of people over age 65 prefer the notion of staying home to receive care rather than moving to a facility.
Family members are often incredible caregivers, but providing that care creates financial and emotional stress. Supporting home caregiving means Hawaii can honor the wishes of our seniors, as well as help caregiving families who work so hard to keep their loved ones at home safely.
Every eight seconds, someone in the country turns 65 years old. As U.S. demographics shift, Hawaii’s population is aging even more rapidly, and living longer than mainland counterparts.
According to the February 2014 “State of Hawai‘i Healthcare Innovation Plan,” the number of residents over age 60 has increased 300 percent since statehood. As the demographic makeup of our state changes, we need to change the way we provide care for older residents. We need a long-term plan for long-term care.
In 2016, Hawaii’s legislators will have a chance to create a new piece of care infrastructure for our state: access to a certain amount of resources each day for a year to assist in paying for in-home care through the creation of a long-term care benefits trust fund.
This fund isn’t meant to cover a stay in a long-term care facility like a nursing home or assisted living. It’s meant to help family caregivers give their loved ones successful long-term care at home, by helping them to hire companion care or invest in equipment like walkers and ramps.
In my church, many find themselves caring for loved ones at home, and paying for that out of their own pockets. Senate Bill 727 would ensure a long-term care benefit of $70 per day for 365 days and establish a “care floor,” ensuring that everyone could access basic resources to provide care at home.
As a state, we need to pull together to address that cost, so that all of us can help our elders enjoy their senior years at home with their families.
Our church has a very active ministry for the elderly. Members who are part of the Alzheimer’s group or the Senior Day Care Program know how important it is to be able to keep their family members at home. I am one of them: my in-laws live with my family; my father-in-law is in hospice care, and we had to bring help into our home to assist in his care. We know the enormous amount of work it takes to keep our loved ones at home with us, as well as the cost; $70 a day for a year would go very far in helping us and many other caregiving families manage those costs.
Hawaii’s leadership on this issue is tied directly to our cultural understandings of the role of elders in our communities and the importance of shared responsibility; it is our kuleana.
Hawaii has the incredible opportunity to be the national leader on innovative public policy to provide assistance to family caregivers. Our policy makers need to recognize their kuleana to help everyone take better care of their loved ones by passing this bill.
Caring for our elderly is a privilege. There is no more important social issue than for us to champion care for our elders. We should embrace every opportunity to support efforts to help caregiving families. As the old saying goes, “A burden shared is a burden halved.”