Discontinuation of Home Care and Home Health Services for Seniors

Discontinuation of Home Care and Home Health Services for Seniors

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Seniors in Lana’i, Hawaii who receive health services in the comfort of their homes will be affected by the 12-year relationship between the Arcadia Family of Companies (Arcadia) and Na Pu’uwai (NP) ending. 

President and CEO, Emmet White of Arcadia sent out an informational memorandum to each of their clients advising them that they will each be affected by this dissolved partnership. 

“Arcadia is grateful for the years it has shared with Na Pu’uwai – Ke Ola Hou O Lana’I (NP-KOHOL). However, Valerie Janikowski’s recent separation from NP-KOHOL’s employ and Arcadia’s recent notification to NP that Arcadia cannot pursue Medicare certification on Lana’i under its Home Care/Home Health State of Hawaii Department of Health license were critical factors in ending the Aracdia/Np-KOHOL relationship,” wrote White.

Beginning on August 25, 2018, the Ke Ola Hou O Lana’i staff will no longer be permitted to support Home Care/Home Health services on Lana’i. This change will affect about 40 senior citizens who pay what they can afford under Na Pu’uwai’s federal funding program. 

"They're scared and they're concerned because they know there is no other option for them," said Sandi Rabaca, a registered nurse who works for Na Puuwai to Hawaii News Now. “It hits home very, very hard. I can see how important it is and how it has helped them live a better life here on Lana’i.”

Arcadia will be withdrawing its Home Care/Home Health license for its work with NP/KOHL on Lana’i and will surrender its Lana’i license to the State Department of Health (DOH). Before returning it’s Lana’I license, Aracdia will develop and implement a Plan for Discontinuation of Services for each of their elderly clients with an evaluation and a discharge plan developed and implemented. 

 

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