Leahi Hospital Expands It’s Adult Day Health Program

Honolulu, Hawaii — Leahi Hospital has expanded its Adult Day Health program in Kaimuki to better meet the needs of today’s independent seniors. The Leahi Adult Day Health Center held a dedication ceremony and open house 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 18, 2003. The dedication was intended to explain about the comprehensive services offered by the Leahi ADHC, in addition to offering an opportunity to meet its clients, staff, and volunteers.

“We want to play a more active role in the communities we serve,” said Vincent Lee, Leahi Hospital chief executive officer. “This expansion provides us with an opportunity to offer our services to more seniors who require an on-going support service for independent living with a minimum burden to family members or caregivers.”

Program Director Grace Shiota added, “Our comprehensive service brings hope and assurance to today’s active seniors who choose not to be cared for by a nursing home or family members. The program also brings needed relief for many families who in the past were forced to be the major caregiver rather than opt for a nursing home.”

Opened in September 1994, the Adult Day Health program offers an alternative to nursing home and/or assisted living and provides respite for caregivers who are afraid to leave their family members alone all day. The expansion will enable the center to increase its present clientele from 55 up to 75 seniors. Clients’ ages range from 54 up to 94 years of age.

The client needs to be referred by his or her primary care physician certifying that the senior is in need of intermediate level of care (needing assistance in one or two areas of daily living activities.) The cost of the program is $78 per day, which includes nutritious meals and snacks, therapeutic exercises/activities, and socialization opportunities. Services available include: Nursing Services; Recreational Therapy; Social Work Services; Health Education; Dietary Services; and Consultative Rehabilitation Services (Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy).

Leahi Hospital is one of 12 facilities operated and managed by the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC). Established in 1996, HHSC is a public benefit corporation of the State of Hawaii. As the state’s safety-net healthcare system, HHSC continues to fulfill the state’s promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare.