Care Homes by Hale Makua blessed, to accommodate 26

Care Homes by Hale Makua was blessed Friday as the Wailuku facility converts a closed wing at Maui’s largest nursing home into a 26-resident adult residential care home. The new facility is aimed at saving costs and attracting seniors who don’t need and can’t afford around-the-clock skilled nursing care.

An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at 1540 Lower Main St.

Hale Makua was able to completely refurbish the closed wing with funding provided by Maui County and the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association through its annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, Hale Makua officials said.

Hale Makua Health Services continues to provide skilled nursing services at its other Wailuku facility wings and at its Kahului facility. The Wailuku facility has 90 beds overall, and the closure of its Maui neighborhood wing in 2011 took away more than 20 beds that would then be available for conversion to less-intensive and more-affordable adult residential care.

The move comes as Hale Makua and other nursing home facilities nationwide are being hurt financially by declining Medicaid reimbursements and cuts in Medicare reimbursements that went into effect in October 2011.

Hale Makua applied in December 2011 for adult residential care home certification from the state Department of Health. That certification is anticipated in February, meaning the facility won’t be able to serve clients until then.

Elders and their families still are encouraged to contact Hale Makua, “and we can work with you to determine if Care Homes by Hale Makua is the right fit,” the facility’s website says.

The phone number is 243-1700.

According to the website, the care home features “an indoor-outdoor living environment.” “Bedrooms and common living areas are on a single floor, making all areas of the care home easily accessible,” it says. “All rooms are graced with garden views, and residents are welcome to bring in their own furnishings, artwork and room decorations, or take advantage of our fully furnished rooms. Laundry service is offered, and a washer and dryer are available for those who wish to do their own laundry.”

Residents will have 24-hour supervision from a staff under the supervision of a registered nurse. Clients will receive care from their physicians and other health care providers while living at the facility.

“Care Homes by Hale Makua is the ideal setting for individuals who are in need of minimal to moderate assistance with personal care needs,” the website says. Such residents should be able to walk on their own or with the assistance of a walker and be able to use the restroom independently.

The facility’s amenities will include:

* Assistance with daily personal care and hygiene, which may include bathing, dressing, eating, walking and personal hygiene.

* Meals and snacks.

* Housekeeping and laundry service.

* Individual and group activities.

* A lounge area for socializing, TV watching, crafts and games.

* Implementation of physician orders, including prescribed medications and/or treatments and vital sign checks.

* Arrangement for routine and emergency dental care.

* Ongoing monitoring of physical, mental and emotional health status.

* Personal banking services.

The facility’s rates are based on a patient’s level-of-service needs and the type of room used. Room types include private, semiprivate and three-bed rooms. Each room has a private bathroom, including a shower.