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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Plaza Assisted Living provides a comfortable and secure environment.

photo: courtesy Plaza Assisted Living

#3 Do Research Early

After visiting various communities and deciding which one you like, talk to your financial planner and learn what you can afford. Identify your needs and define your interests. Also, be sure to select a community that matches your current and future financial capability. “Often times, seniors find themselves in a situation where they need to make decisions urgently and don’t have an understanding of all their options,” explains Medeiros. “Doing your homework early allows you to make appropriate decisions when the time comes.”

Although each experience should be unique to the individual, there are a couple of necessary traits to look for when choosing a retirement community. Look for place with a beautiful location, quality of service and low staff turnover. “Many of our caring and compassionate employees have been assisting residents for more than ten years. We encourage a solution-oriented service program with our employees who are empowered to provide a positive experience for our residents,” says Leona Hirahara of Pohai Nani Good Samaritan Retirement Community.

#4 Make Peace of Mind a Top Priority

“We opened our doors in 2005 and residents are still thanking me for guiding them through the process of moving into Kahala Nui,” says Canto. “Life care offers peace of mind. Kahala Nui residents live an active, independent lifestyle, and are reassured knowing that if a higher level of care is needed, quality care will be provided on the same campus at the Hiolani Care Center.”

An important benefit of an assisted living and continuing care community is the peace of mind that is afforded to each resident and their family members. Knowing that a caring staff is available to help a loved one is of great comfort to families.
 


Kahala Nui offers fun and energizing activities.

photo: courtesy kahala nui


Plaza Assisted Living offers delicious and nutritious meals.

photo: courtesy plaza assisted living

#5 Consider the Continuum of Care

It’s important to consider your future health needs. “Typically an elderly person who moves into a care home will enter at a certain level of functionality and their needs will grow as they age. For example, people come to us needing minimal assistance with their daily care needs and our ability to provide a broad range of care makes it possible for residents to age in place. This minimizes the number of moves an elderly person might need to make as their care needs grow and that gives the family a great deal of peace of mind,” says Robert Nogami, RN, Director of Nursing at Manoa Senior Care.
 

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