Our mission to support our kupuna and challenged adults includes supporting our caregivers and families taking care of their loved ones. At the Hilo Adult Day Center, we see every day the compassionate hearts, physical effort and the attitude and mentality it takes to be a good caregiver - and it starts with taking care of the self.

Our Caregiver Connection program provides opportunities for all caregivers in our community to learn, share, connect with others and enjoy a little respite time. We provide a monthly Caregiver Support Group, usually held on the third Thursday of each month, and a Caregiver Family Respite Day on the third Saturday of each month.

The monthly Caregiver Support Group allows for time to to share and even learn with other caregivers, who have similar challenges and graces in their lives as they care for someone they love.

Our Caregiver Family Respite Day has been a fun and healthy outlet for caregivers for years. Held on the third Saturday of each month, this free event provides a morning of respite for caregivers and their family members. With massage, exercise and other body-mind-spirit practitioners onsite to care for you, you can hopefully find peace of mind... at least for a few short hours. Caregiver Family Respite Day also incorporates a healthy eating segment, with easy recipes good for the soul and the opu! And to top off the morning, there's usually one to two speakers offering information, community resources, training on a specific topic or just an ear for you.

This year, we are offering our first ever Caregiver Conference on November 9, 2019. We hope you can join us! For more information, click here.

In addition to our support group and respite day activities, we also offer a broad range of trainings and resource opportunities throughout the year for caregivers and the aging population in conjunction with other community agencies and stakeholders including AARP, Hawaii County Office of Aging and Hawaii Care Choices. Check out calendar of events to keep what's happening at Hawaii Island Adult Care on your radar. We are here to support you.

 

In the Company of Caregivers
A poem by Lani Kaaihue from the book
Mosaic Moon: Caregiving Through Poetry by Frances H. Kakugawa
Used with Permission

In the company of caregivers,
I indulged in memories
Of a loved one slowly fading
From his sense of self and connections,
Into a muddled shadow
Of the genuine person I knew.

In the company of caregivers,
I learned that others were fearful
Of the rough word spoken in anger,
Callous responses to repeated questions
And physical manhanding of
Confused, resistant loved ones.

In the company of caregivers,
I spoke openly of the forbidden:
How shame and anger could
Degenerate into denial,
Escalating rare incidents
Into a brutal way of life.

In the company of caregivers,
I confessed frailties and frustrations,
Weakness and desperation,
Countless futile attempts
To solve puzzles without solutions
Like murders without bodies.

In the company of caregivers
I was accepted with all my failings.
I bonded heart to heart
With other helpers to the helpless,
Gentle defenders of dignity and
Living testaments of love.