Keiki and Kupuna Together

For several years now at Manoa Senior Care, we’ve been striving to start and build relationships with various schools and pre-schools in our Kaimuki and Manoa neighborhoods.

We’ve been fortunate enough to find willing partners and participants in administrators, teachers and children from the Manoa Valley Church preschool and after-school programs, Punana Leo o Manoa Hawaiian immersion school, Mid-Pacific Institute, Punahou School, Kaimuki Christian School and The Toddler Program. Cultivating these bonds has been no mistake.

According to a Stanford University report released in 2016, bringing seniors together with children can benefit both groups enormously:

Simply stated, older people’s qualities and their affinity for purpose and engagement position them to make critical contributions to the lives of youth….At the same time, such engagement fulfills older people’s desire for a sense of meaning and purpose, which in turn promotes well-being. Mutually meaningful relationships develop for both old and young.

In his bestselling book, Being Mortal, author Dr. Atul Gawande tells the story of a senior community in Boston called NewBridge that shared grounds with a K-8 school. At NewBridge, the seniors could work in the school library and tutor students, while the students would report to the senior housing to get first-hand accounts of World War II for their history classes or to put on programs and performances. Senior residents became so close with their school-aged neighbors that one child was even asked to speak at his senior buddy’s memorial service.

“We really want our students to have communication and relationships with the kupuna,” says Lindon Kanakanui of KCS, “so they can hear about what the kupuna have been through and gain some wisdom. I also think that when they spend time with the kupuna it helps them see the world beyond their families and friends and helps them to develop empathy.”

Currently, the keiki at KCS have been collaborating with our seniors on a cookbook filled with the elders’ favorite recipes, helping to foster dialogue between the two groups about something everybody loves–food!



Regular MSC Volunteers Gordon and Sandy Young Featured on Hawaii News Now

We are so honored and grateful to have Gordon and Sandy Young as regular volunteers at Manoa Senior Care. Each month this dynamic duo visits our Kaimuki homes to sing and play ukulele for our seniors. Recently they appeared in Hawaii News Now’s Kupuna Achievers feature, which highlighted their volunteer work at several care homes around Honolulu. When they first got in touch with us to volunteer several years ago, they told us that their main motivation was to give back to the community and to practice their new instrument. In the intervening years, it has been our pleasure to see their skills and musical confidence grow, all while building excellent rapport with our seniors. Mahalo nui loa, Gordon and Sandy! Click here to see their story from HNN.



Manoa Senior Care and Kaimuki Christian School in Partnership

This year, Manoa Senior Care is honored and delighted to begin a partnership with Kaimuki Christian School. The youngsters will be visiting throughout the school year.  We believe their youthful exuberance and our elders’ wisdom and gratitude will come together to enrich everyone involved. Recently, KITV did a short feature about it.



Care Home Facts

Get the facts about residential care homes.
Today, there’s a lot more to selecting the best elder care option than most people realize. An Adult Residential Care Home may be the best choice. Ask good questions and get the facts.

What is a residential care home?
Residential Care Homes are by definition built to be part of the neighborhood. From the street, they look just like family homes. Yet Care Homes – especially those with Expanded Care licenses – can offer people a full spectrum of care from minimal help with daily needs to end-of-life care.

What are the advantages of a residential care home?
Care Homes are intimate and include large private suites or semi-private rooms. Home cooked meals, housekeeping and laundry service are typically provided, and residents are free to have visitors, as well as to come and go as they please. Newer Care Homes are designed for residents who were accustomed to living independently, with all the comforts and privacy of their own home, along with the extra personal care they have come to require. If it is necessary for a loved one or parent to leave their own residence, adjusting to a Care Home can be easier than adjusting to a larger or more institutional setting.

What should I look for in a care home?
Look for residences that have live-in registered nurses on staff, as well as nurse aides. Low employee turnover is desirable because consistency in caregiving is an integral part of healthy aging and will greatly impact your parent’s happiness. Make sure the care home is licensed. An Expanded Care license, which will allow them to age in place without having to move to another facility, is always a plus.

Rate Your experience
To help you narrow down your choices when you visit different Residential Care Homes, rate the attributes on a scale of 1 (worst) to 5 (best) and compare the results.
1. Caregivers are awake and alert 24/7.
2. You will be kept apprised of changes.
3. You will feel comfortable asking questions of the caregivers.
4. The staff is kind, respectful and patient.
5. There are private bathrooms.
6. The rooms are safe, spacious and comfortable with pleasant views.
7. The premises are safe and secure.
8. The location is easy for family and friends to visit.
9. The home has outdoor areas (patio/lanai) for residents.
10. The home looks and smells clean and has good lighting and ventilation.
11. The neighborhood is quiet and calm.
12. The available activities suit your parent.
13. The food will appeal to your parent.
14. They will transport your loved one to medical and dental appointments.

Care for the Caregiver

In caring for an aging parent, don’t forget about yourself.
Are you feeling the stress in caring for your elderly mom or dad–or both? What can you do? Who can help you?

Make two lists.
Make a list of the tasks you perform in caring for your parents. Taking them to doctor’s appointments. Helping them bathe. Cleaning the house. Managing their medications. Make a second list of your other responsibilities. Raising your children. Running your home. Working. Be realistic about how your caregiving is affecting your other responsibilities. Are you overloaded?

Have a family discussion.
Show the list you made to your family. See if other family members can share some of the tasks. As a group, you may also decide to seek outside help.

Manoa Senior Care offers a wide variety of home care services. Our support will help relieve some of the responsibilities of care while letting you enjoy quality time with your loved ones.