Lunalilo Home cultivates and nurtures partnerships with community groups, academia, the business community, government agencies, and Native Hawaiian organizations to collectively address the needs of kūpuna. Some of Lunalilo Home’s partners include:
The Alzheimer’s Association seeks to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Lunalilo Home and the Alzheimer’s Association partner on caregiver workshops, training and support groups that address the growing need for support services and education on Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias.
Established in 2006, Hā Kūpuna: National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders is located at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Hā Kūpuna seeks to improve the health and increase the life expectancy of kūpuna and provide support services to their ‘ohana caregivers. Lunalilo Home and Hā Kūpuna have a shared vision to provide quality care for our kūpuna.
Hawai‘i Meals on Wheels (HMoW) is dedicated to helping frail elders and individuals with disabilities preserve their independence at home by providing hot, nutritious meals and regular personal contact. Lunalilo Home prepares meals for HMoW’s service area in East O‘ahu and Waimānalo.
Windward Community College started the Nursing Pathways program as a way for economically challenged students to pursue careers in nursing. Students are mentored along a “pathway” to a professional career starting as a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.), progressing to a Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N.), and ultimately achieving certification as a Registered Nurse (R.N.). Lunalilo Home has been an integral partner in the Nursing Pathway program since 2012. The partnership provides access to culturally based clinical training experiences for C.N.A. students preparing to transition to L.P.N. and R.N. programs.
Lunalilo Home serves as a service-learning practicum site for University of Hawai‘i School of Social Work bachelor’s students. This mutually beneficial partnership provides students with learning opportunities in the area of gerontology while supporting Lunalilo Home’s kūpuna-centered care initiatives.