Working caregivers who pay to support their kupuna can now apply for support to cover the cost of certain services.
Earlier this year, Governor David Ige signed Act 102 – a measure recognizing and providing support to working family caregivers.
Yesterday, the state Executive Office on Aging unveiled a pilot program called the “Kupuna Caregivers Program.”
Qualified individuals may receive up to $70 a day in services, such as adult day care, chore services, and transportation, which will be paid to a contracted service provider.
Terri Byers is the Director of the Hawaii Executive Office on Aging.
Byers says the pilot program will support between 50 and 135 people in the state – depending on participant needs.
The program has a six month trial period, and the office will be looking at a variety of factors to determine its effectiveness.
More information can be found at http://www.hawaiiadrc.org.