Frequently Asked Questions

About Residential Care and Respite Care

Does Lunalilo Home admit persons of all ancestries?
Yes. Lunalilo Home admits persons of Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian ancestry, while maintaining its commitment to subsidize Native Hawaiians who are unable to pay for their residence at its adult Residential Care home, to the extent allowed by available funds or financing.

How long has Lunalilo Home been in existence?
Lunalilo Home has been in existence for more than 130 years. Please refer to the History of Lunalilo Home to learn about its regal beginning.

Does Lunalilo Home accept Medicare and Medicaid?
Lunalilo Home is a private organization that is not funded by any state or federal programs. We do not directly bill Medicare or Medicaid for any of the services we provide; however, our residents may utilize Medicare and Medicaid as well as other health insurance for their medical needs.

Is there a waiting list for admission to Lunalilo Home?
The waiting list for admission to Lunalilo Home fluctuates as accommodations become available. Please contact the Admissions Coordinator at (808) 395-1000 or info@lunalilo.org for information on the current waiting list.

Can Lunalilo Home accommodate wheelchairs?
Residents may temporarily utilize a wheelchair or transport chair while recuperating from an illness or surgery, or if they are receiving Hospice services. However, should a resident become unable to ambulate (walk) and require utilization of a wheelchair on a permanent basis, the resident may be required to transfer to a higher level of care facility such as an Intermediate Care Facility or Skilled Nursing Facility.

Can Lunalilo Home accommodate residents with dementia?
Yes. We offer 24/7 personal care assistance to residents, which includes monitoring and providing for the needs of those with dementia. Lunalilo Home is secured with door alarms at night to enable staff to monitor residents around the clock, particularly those with dementia who have a tendency to wander.

What determines an applicant’s Level of Care (LOC)?
Residential rates are based on a resident’s degree of need and amount of services necessary to meet those needs. A Level of Care (LOC) evaluation is performed by an applicant’s Primary Care Physician (PCP) prior to admission and periodically thereafter to determine the degree of services needed. Factors taken into consideration when determining the resident’s LOC are:

  • Primary Care Physician’s completion of Hawai‘i State LOC Form OHCA ARCH N2
  • Functional status
  • Ability to manage daily routines
  • Medical/health condition, and whether chronic or severe
  • Behavior, and the need for monitoring and/or management
  • Frequency of contact by licensed professionals

For more information, see How to Apply for Residential and Respite Care.

About Adult Day Care

What is the difference between adult day care and adult day health?
The difference between adult day care (ADC) and adult day health (ADH) is the level of care that the day care provides. In an ADC setting, the level of care is minimal with mostly stand-by assistance. An ADC’s focus is based on a social model that promotes being active through various activities.

What is the time commitment for the Adult Day Care program?
The initial commitment to enroll in our Adult Day Care is one month. Two weeks notice is required to discontinue services.

What is the minimum number of days per week required for enrollment?
Clients are required to sign up for a minimum of two (2) days per week.

What are the requirements for enrollment?

  • Clients must be continent.
  • The program is unable to accept those with unmanageable psychiatric or behavioral conditions such as wandering or elopement.
  • Annual physical examination with tuberculosis (TB) clearance.

For more information, see How to Apply for Adult Day Care.