HAH Update

May 16, 2014

Living the Aloha Spirit

This week we join associations and providers across the country in celebrating National Nursing Home Week® (May 11-17). We were tickled when our national affiliate American Health Care Association (AHCA) reached out to us last year about the possibility of using “Living the Aloha Spirit” as the national theme for 2014.

Skilled nursing facilities across the country are celebrating how their staff and leadership live the aloha spirit by demonstrating the qualities of: patience, kindness, harmony, caring and respect for others.

The goal in long term and post-acute skilled nursing care centers is always Person-Centered Team Care in a harmonious, caring environment. That is “Living the Aloha Spirit”!


Living the Aloha Spirit at Garden Isle Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center

Throughout the course of her vibrant life, former patient at Garden Isle Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center (GIRHC), Mrs. Roberta Jean Lepage states she has “…seen the evolution of medical care. I have seen how critical transitions of care are. I have learned what post-acute care is all about,” from her stay at GIRHC. She continues, “The idea of different steps to get well. It’s a wonderful concept in medical care.”

She credits Kauai’s culture to her experience in GIRHC. “Strangers on the street care about you.” This naturally translates to the level of treatment received and the relationships formed with the staff and caregivers at GIRHC. “I just love them to pieces. I’ve fallen in love with all these people here. They’re just so nice.”  She continues, “They work so hard and never stop moving. Their skill level is phenomenal. They know exactly what to do at a moment’s notice.”

The determined work of the admission and discharge planners promotes seamless coordination across the care continuum and takes a global view of a patient’s care.  “We recognize that the patient’s care experience doesn’t end when he or she leaves the hospital.  We aren’t ‘discharging’ patients; we’re transitioning them to the next setting of care.”

Mrs. Lepage was determined and looked forward to returning to her tranquil morning routine at home, and with the staff at GIRHC by her side, it became a reality.  However, she does admit the special attention and treatment she received at GIRHC makes leaving bittersweet. “I like getting pampered. Needless to say, I’ve had an exceptional experience.”

Gardener Cultivates Human Habitat

This story comes to us from member facility Hale Makua Health Services on Maui.

Meet Tamotsu Tasaka. He greatly enjoyed raising orchids and vegetables in his garden at home. As he adjusted to living at Hale Makua, Mr. Tasaka found that he could continue being a gardener by taking care of the flowers in the East Neighborhood. His wife takes him to visit his garden at home, but he always wants to come back and take care of his garden at Hale Makua too.
Mr. Tasaka's gardening illustrates Eden Alternative's Principle #2: “An Elder-centered community commits to creating a human habitat where life revolves around close and continuing contact with plants, animals, and children. It is these relationships that provide the young and old alike with a pathway to a life worth living.” and Principle #4: “An Elder-centered community creates opportunity to give as well as receive care. This is the antidote to helplessness.”


Aloha Spirit Rally at Nuuanu Hale

Gayle Lau, Administrator of Nuuanu Hale, shared these pictures of her facility’s celebration of National Nursing Home Week. Employees, volunteers and supporters were given buttons with the week’s theme “Living the Aloha Spirit.” It was a way to “express our heartfelt appreciation for the love and care our residents receive” said Lau. At the rally, everyone was asked to live, share, and celebrate the Aloha Spirit at Nuuanu Hale.

For a rousing finale, residents and staff sang together: You Are My Sunshine, God Bless America, and Tiny Bubbles.


Skilled Nursing Leader with Aloha Honored Nationally

Bernadette Ledesma MPH, LNHA, Administrator of Pearl City Nursing Home, has been honored as a Long-Term Leader of Tomorrow for 2014 in the national Long-Term Living Magazine. From the Long-Term Living Magazine article:

“The Aloha Spirit is the way we carry out our day-to-day care,” Ledesma explains. For Native Hawaiians, “aloha” is a lifestyle and part of their culture. It embodies concepts like patience, honesty, caring and teamwork. “Aloha Spirit is not much different from what long-term care is all about,” she says. It’s a person-centered philosophy that ensures residents receive a caring respect for their individuality.

Congratulations Bernie!

Community Calendar

ATA 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition
May 17-20
Baltimore, Maryland
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2014 Ho'oulu Leadership Awards
May 19, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom
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2014 AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing
May 20-21
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
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National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes Teleconference
May 20, 7:30 - 9:00 am
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