HEALTHCARE SCHOOL OF HAWAII, LLC
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Caregiving has always been a universal experience affecting people of all ethnicities, lifestyles, and income levels. But recently, family caregiving has become more than an act of love and familial responsibility. It has become an essential element of our health and long-term care system.
Families, rather than institutions, are the primary providers of long-term care in the State. In 2003, approximately 21% of Hawaii's adult population, or 192,390 individuals, were providing care or assistance to a person age sixty or older, with 29% caring for a spouse or partner, and 21% caring for a parent. These may be a relatively low numbers since there are many “hidden” caregivers in Hawaii – those who do not identify themselves as “caregivers”.
Adults of any household income have a similar likelihood of caregiving. Among the different ethnic groups in Hawaii, native Hawaiians are most likely to provide regular care to a loved one, followed by Filipinos, Japanese, and Caucasians. 12% of men and 16% of women provide care or assistance to someone age sixty or older. Women, however, are more likely than men to be primary caregivers, providing higher intensities and frequencies of care, according to national studies.
Significant changes in Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs nationally and locally will impose greater responsibilities upon individuals and families to be well-informed and astute about long-term care planning, financing, and the options that may assist them in the future or the present. Expert, one-to-one counseling continues to be a significant demand by consumers who often need help articulating their questions before being able to ask for specific information or help.
Hawaii is facing a growing healthcare worker shortage, while at the same time health and long-term care needs continue to rise. As a result of cost-containment policies and practices, people with healthcare needs are being discharged from hospitals and other care facilities with complex healthcare requirements.
Reference: Information Dissemination ACT 226, SLH 2007.