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.
There are more than 10 nursing homes in Hawaii. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of long term care facilities in Hawaii to help you find the community that fits your needs and budget.
The median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home in Hawaii is about $13,400 according to Genworth. The median monthly cost for a semi-private room in Hawaii is about $11,700.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency that regulates and provides ratings for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. CMS offers guidance to state Medicaid services regarding rules for facilities that are Medicaid-certified. Medicare provides a national nursing home website to view the audit and licensing history of Medicare-approved nursing homes.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently, but you can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Hawaii.
In Hawaii, nursing homes — also called convalescent homes or skilled nursing facilities — are intended for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. These communities are designed to promote independence among seniors who require constant nursing care to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not require hospital-level care.
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.