The Hawai‘i state Legislature recently passed two bills that will affect our elderly population and their health care. One was Senate Bill 534, the Kupuna Caregivers Act; the other was House Bill 1396, Relating to Community Care Foster Family Homes. Gov. David Ige signed both bills into law.

Kupuna Caregivers Act. One of the biggest challenges facing many people here in Hawai‘i is trying to provide in-home care for their aging and elderly family members while still holding down a full-time job, raising children and otherwise maintaining their own lives. Clients often ask me if there are any government assistance programs for their parent who is not quite at the point where he or she needs to enter a nursing home, but who needs substantial care and supervision in order to remain at home.

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