Hale Makua nets residential care home status

The state Department of Health licensed Hale Makua last week to be an adult residential care home.

“As Hawaii’s population ages and the need for care for baby boomers and their parents grows, the demand for noninstitutional, 24-hour care continues to increase,” said Friday’s announcement by Hale Makua, Maui’s largest nursing home facility.

The adult residential care home licensing comes as Hale Makua and nursing home facilities nationwide struggle to cope financially with declining Medicaid reimbursements and cuts in Medicare reimbursements that went into effect in October 2011. In late 2011, Hale Makua faced the possibility of closing its Wailuku facility while keeping open its complex in Kahului.

The newly licensed facility comes under the name Care Homes by Hale Makua, a program of Hale Makua Health Services. The adult residential care home “is an ideal care setting for adults who are in need of minimal to moderate assistance with personal care needs,” the agency’s announcement said. “Care Homes by Hale Makua caters to those with memory care needs, including those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Motion and door sensors can be customized to alert staff to unexpected movement or activity.”

The home was designed specifically for residents to enjoy an indoor-outdoor living environment, and interior spaces have “a homey feel,” Hale Makua said. “Bedrooms and common areas such as the dining room, library and lanai have been newly refurbished and are located on a single level for easy access. Residents receive around-the-clock supervision, and quality, compassionate care from a team of seasoned professionals under the supervision of a registered nurse.”

The residential care facility is the only home on Maui to feature iHealthHome, a system that allows families to log in to a secure portal to connect with residents and staff, the announcement said.

Families can view biometric information such as weight and blood pressure logs, upload family photos for their loved one to view and keep, and send messages to the nursing staff. Family members also have access to personalized calendars, including activities going on in the care home as well as appointment dates and times.

“Using an intuitive, large-print touchscreen, residents of the care home can video chat, email, and share photos with family members near and far,” the agency said.

Officials said residents are encouraged to bring their own furniture and belongings to surround themselves with familiar things, or they can have fully furnished rooms. Amenities include nutritious meals and snacks planned by a registered dietitian, housekeeping and laundry services, individual and group activities, spacious lounge areas and personal banking services. Rates are determined by room type and level of service needed to meet a resident’s needs.

Brochures are available by calling 871-9223. Private tours can be arranged by calling 243-1709. More information is available online at www.halemakua.org/carehomes.

Nonprofit Hale Makua Health Services was established in 1946 to provide a home for elders who have no one to care for them or means to pay for needed services. The agency has more than 450 employees, making it one of Maui’s largest nongovernment employers.