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Retirement Planning and Living

Readying yourself for retirement can be a trying process. Start early, gain insight from family and friends, and look for a place where you can enjoy your golden years. Use these tips from local experts to make a plan and start your journey.


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#1 Know What’s Right for You

Assisted living communities or adult residential care homes are great options for the elderly who need more help than their family or friends can provide.

Choosing one of Oahu’s many great care facilities will ease the hardship of daily life activities for many seniors, such as cooking, housekeeping and managing their medications. “Personal care and assistance are readily available when they need it,” assures Darlene Canto, Director of Marketing at Kahala Nui. “ An assisted living setting offers the safety and security of 24-hour support and access to care. Day or night, help is only a call away.”  Seniors have opportunities for new and stimulating programs including the important aspect of socialization — interaction with fellow residents and staff. Hiolani Care Center at Kahala Nui provides assisted living, memory support and nursing services to seniors in the greater community and to Kahala Nui residents as well.

Kahala Nui, a continuing care community for independent seniors who are still involved in the community and fully engaged in a variety of activities, offers worry-free retirement living and a comprehensive life care plan. Canto says it is important to know your needs, and what type of service and care is right for you.
 


Kahala Nui residents enjoy one of many planned activities.

photo: courtesy kahala nui

#2 Suit Yourself

Picking a retirement or assisted living community is a personal decision that you should make with your family and loved ones. It is important to be confident and comfortable with your new environment. “Your goal should be to find a community that fits you and who you are and not a community that you need to fit into,” says Tricia Medeiros, regional director at Plaza Assisted Living. “Our environment is one that fosters independence and allows residents to make choices from the many options we offer.”

Take time to test out the facilities and meet your hopeful neighbors. Medeiros suggests that prospective residents sample one of the daily meals prepared by The Plaza’s local chef, and join in an afternoon activity to meet new friends. A full schedule of activities, catered daily to the likes and dislikes of the residents, is always available, as is weekly housekeeping, laundry and linen services, scheduled transportation, and nursing options.
 

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