Nicknamed the “Aloha State,” Hawaii is a tropical paradise known for its white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, majestic volcanoes, and dense rain forests which are home to a plethora of flora and fauna. Hawaii is one of the premier vacation destinations in the United States, making it an excellent spot to retire and relax in the sun. Many seniors enjoy exploring the local culture and historic sites of the islands, especially Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.
The median monthly cost of a care home in Hawaii is about $6,000. However, the cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Hawaii.
In Hawaii, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or fewer. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.
Hawaii has some of the highest costs of living in the entire country. This is due to the relative isolation of the Hawaiian Islands coupled with their pristine scenery, making it a highly coveted place to live. The housing cost index for the state as a whole is the highest in the country. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 1/5 of Hawaii’s population is over the age of 65. In the 2016 presidential election, Hawaii leaned very liberal. Over 10% of the population are Native Hawaiians, and there is a large Asian population on the islands, as well.
Although Hawaii is traditionally thought of as having a tropical climate, the state has a number of different climate classifications across its islands. These classifications range from rainforest and monsoon climates to oceanic and savanna climates. However, temperatures remain consistent across the state year-round despite the wide climate variety. Hawaii receives lots of precipitation during its rainy season in the spring. The combination of year-round pleasant weather and countless beaches makes Hawaii one of the top vacation destinations in the country.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.