Over the years, we have had hundreds of clients who have gone to nursing homes to provide for their care as they aged. Some lived full, rich, engaged lives in the nursing home until the very end. Others suffered from severe physical disabilities or dementia that prevented them from actively interacting with the world as meaningfully as they would have liked. Oftentimes, clients are confused about the different types of long-term care options available to them. In this column, we’ll describe the differences between the main types of long-term care facilities available in Hawai‘i.

The three main categories of long-term care facilities that you can go to are: 1) ARCH, 2) adult foster home and 3) nursing home. Each is distinct and serves a slightly different purpose.

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