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September 2020

September 03, 2020

DOH Closes, Fines Illegal Adult Care Home Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOH Closes, Fines Illegal Adult Care Home

The Grateful ARCH in Honolulu must pay $249,000.

August 2020

August 21, 2020

COVID-19 Cases At Care Homes Are ‘Worse Than We Imagined’ Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Cases At Care Homes Are ‘Worse Than We Imagined’

The number of people affected by COVID-19 in long term care settings has quadrupled in less than a month.

July 2020

July 01, 2020

Another Resident Of Hawaii’s Largest Nursing Facility Contracts COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Another Resident Of Hawaii’s Largest Nursing Facility Contracts COVID-19

A dozen residents of Hale Nani have been infected so far, along with six staff members.

June 2020

June 25, 2020

Another Round Of COVID-19 Testing Finds Another Case At Hale Nani Courtesy Scott Miscovich

Another Round Of COVID-19 Testing Finds Another Case At Hale Nani

The string of cases related to Oahu’s largest nursing facility totals 16.

June 22, 2020

January 2019

January 31, 2019

Key Lawmakers Are Trying To Water Down Inspection Rules For Elder Care Homes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Key Lawmakers Are Trying To Water Down Inspection Rules For Elder Care Homes

House and Senate bills would undercut a new law that requires unannounced state inspections of care homes by making those optional.

November 2018

November 19, 2018

Care Home Audit Demands Swift Action From Ige Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Care Home Audit Demands Swift Action From Ige

It’s long past time for Gov. David Ige to insist on changes and improvement within the Department of Health’s care home regulatory branch.

November 15, 2018

Audit: Licensing Process For Adult Care Homes Is Seriously Flawed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Licensing Process For Adult Care Homes Is Seriously Flawed

The state agency overseeing adult care homes says it is improving its practices and there is no risk to the health or safety of the patients.

July 2016

July 25, 2016

Advocates For Elderly Sue State Over Inspections Of Care Homes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Advocates For Elderly Sue State Over Inspections Of Care Homes

Kokua Council says the state health department has failed to meet a legal requirement to post inspections online and is unlawfully redacting information.

July 01, 2016

Care Home Rules Subject of Lawsuit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Care Home Rules Subject of Lawsuit

The suit seeks to reunite an elderly couple, but officials have warned against widespread exceptions in the law.

April 2016

April 05, 2016

Bill Requiring Surprise Care Home Inspections Moves Ahead Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Requiring Surprise Care Home Inspections Moves Ahead

House Finance Committee members expressed concerns about unannounced visits, but still sent the measure to the full House.

March 2016

March 23, 2016

Surprise Care Home Inspections One Step Closer To Reality Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Surprise Care Home Inspections One Step Closer To Reality

Hawaii's care home industry opposes the practice, even though it has become commonplace in other states.

September 2015

September 24, 2015

Are Hawaii Nursing Home Clients Coerced Into Arbitration Agreements? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Are Hawaii Nursing Home Clients Coerced Into Arbitration Agreements?

The federal government wants to tighten rules regulating pre-dispute agreements that remove the right to sue, but Hawaii's long-term care ombudsman says they should just be banned.

September 13, 2015

Against the Law: State Stops Posting Care Home Inspection Reports Online Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Against the Law: State Stops Posting Care Home Inspection Reports Online

Blaming a lack of resources, the Hawaii Department of Health is now ignoring the requirement that took effect in January.

September 03, 2015

Inside an Elderly Care Home: Kaneohe Couple Demonstrates Comfort Care Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Inside an Elderly Care Home: Kaneohe Couple Demonstrates Comfort Care

Surprise visits don't bother the operators of Hokulaki Senior Living.

August 2015

August 12, 2015

Advance Warning: Should Care Homes Know When Inspectors Are Coming? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Advance Warning: Should Care Homes Know When Inspectors Are Coming?

The fast-growing adult care home industry serves some of our most vulnerable citizens. In Hawaii, inspectors looking to ensure clients aren't being neglected usually announce their visits in advance.

July 2015

July 21, 2015

Health Beat: Hawaii Fails the Elderly When It Cuts Long-Term Care Services

Health Beat: Hawaii Fails the Elderly When It Cuts Long-Term Care Services

The looming cutbacks at state-run nursing homes have residents worried. And mainstream hospitals may have cause for concern as well.

May 2015

May 28, 2015

Not All Warm and Fuzzy: Care Home Bill Would Have Forced Out a Patient Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Not All Warm and Fuzzy: Care Home Bill Would Have Forced Out a Patient

The failed legislation touted as a compassionate way to reunite an aging married couple is seen in a new light with concerns about displacing Medicaid clients in favor of private-paying residents.

May 01, 2015

Care Home Bill Fails to Advance Despite Pleas Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Care Home Bill Fails to Advance Despite Pleas

The measure might have brought married couples together, but risked displacing Medicaid recipients in favor of private-pay clients.

April 2015

April 28, 2015

Health Officials Concerned About Side Effects of Care Home Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Officials Concerned About Side Effects of Care Home Bill

UPDATED: Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill that could keep married couples together on the one hand, but risks displacing Medicaid clients in favor of private-pay clients.