At-home care is not cov­ered by new pro­gram for kupuna

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - CHRIS­TINE DONNELLY

Carol

— Ma­halo,

Ques­tion:

Why are they only fund­ing “adult day care” with that new pro­gram? We patch to­gether elder care with help from fam­ily and even friends and a few hours of paid help. I don’t like the em­pha­sis on “in­sti­tu­tional” care for our kupuna who want to stay home.

An­swer:

The city’s El­derly Af­fairs Di­vi­sion says the new Kupuna Care­giver pro­gram is lim­ited to pay­ing for adult day care (up to

$70 a day per ben­e­fi­ciary) for sev­eral rea­sons. Among them: Con­tract­ing with nu­mer­ous, var­ied providers would in­crease ad­min­is­tra­tive costs too much; adult day care helps work­ing fam­ily care­givers the most, by con­sis­tently re­duc­ing their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties; and the su­per­vi­sion, meals, so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­er­cise at or­ga­nized pro­grams help the kupuna, who might other­wise be iso­lated and un­su­per­vised at home while their fam­ily care­giver is work­ing.

The Kupuna Care­giver pro­gram is de­signed to help peo­ple stay em­ployed while also ful­fill­ing their fam­ily obli­ga­tions; de­mand far out­strips sup­ply. Read more at el­derlyaf­fairs.com.

Q:

How old do you have to be to drive legally?

A:

Teenagers can get an in­struc­tional per­mit at age 15-1/2, as­sum­ing that they pass the vi­sion and writ­ten tests. The per­mit is the first phase in Hawaii’s grad­u­ated driv­ing li­cense pro­gram for driv­ers un­der age 18. The holder of an in­struc­tional per­mit may drive only when ac­com­pa­nied by a li­censed driver who is at least 21 years old. Be­tween the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., that su­per­vis­ing adult must be a par­ent or guardian. Phase two is the pro­vi­sional li­cense, avail­able to teens who are at least 16 but younger than 18, and phase three is a full driver’s li­cense, avail­able at age 17. See de­tails at 808ne.ws/ gdl.

Q: Auwe! An­other au­dit finds waste (and worse) of tax­pay­ers’ money. This time it’s the Of­fice of Hawai­ian Af­fairs. These au­dits say what’s go­ing wrong, but do they find out why?

A: Yes, usu­ally. In OHA’s case, the state au­di­tor found that “OHA’s vague rules guid­ing its dis­cre­tionary spend­ing are broadly in­ter­preted, ar­bi­trar­ily en­forced and, at times, dis­re­garded,” re­sult­ing in the agency spend­ing nearly as twice as much on dis­cre­tionary grants ($14 mil­lion) as it did on pub­licly vet­ted ones

($7.7 mil­lion).

Re­ports of many au­dits con­ducted by the state and city are posted on­line. Find state au­dits at au­di­tor. hawaii.gov and city ones at honolulu.gov/au­di­tor/.

Ma­halo

While en­joy­ing my first trip to the beau­ti­ful state of Hawaii, we were en­joy­ing one of the last places left on our list of things to do, the Ala Moana Cen­ter. While sam­pling the dol­lar beer in the Ja­pan Vil­lage Walk, I re­al­ized that my iPad was miss­ing! We fran­ti­cally searched all of the places we had been, but to no avail. I was dis­traught at my loss be­cause that iPad con­tained pre­cious fam­ily pic­tures which could not be re­cov­ered un­less it was found. We con­tin­ued to try to lo­cate the de­vice. We spoke with a gra­cious clean­ing em­ployee in the re­stroom, the peo­ple at the in­for­ma­tion desk, and fi­nally went to the cus­tomer re­la­tions desk, but noth­ing had been found. Just as the help­ful cus­tomer re­la­tions rep­re­sen­ta­tive was get­ting yet an­other “no such item found” mes­sage, in walked a woman dressed in a gray dress. She ap­peared to me to just sparkle. She was car­ry­ing an iPad to turn in. It was my iPad! We were all stunned. I had been dev­as­tated and had as­sumed the worst, that my de­vice would never be seen again and my pic­tures lost for­ever. Although I of­fered my “sparkling sil­ver an­gel” a mod­est re­ward, she po­litely de­clined. I can­not thank her enough for re­unit­ing me with the iPad and more im­por­tantly for restor­ing my con­fi­dence in the self­less­ness and com­pas­sion of kind peo­ple. Write to Kokua Line at Honolulu Star-Ad­ver­tiser, 7 Wa­ter­front Plaza, Suite 210, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu 96813; call 529-4773; fax 529-4750; or email kokua­line@starad­ver­tiser.com.

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