Providing top living, care options for kupuna

The dedicated employees of Arcadia Family of Companies go beyond the call of duty to take care of their senior clients.

By Kyle Galdeira

While many are familiar with Arcadia, the life-plan retirement residence that has been serving Hawaii since 1967, it is just one facet of a larger organization dedicated to serving the Island’s valued kupuna.

Arcadia Family of Companies has been the leader of providing senior care in Hawaii for 50 years. The operation started with Arcadia, and within the last 20 years, has expanded to include seven companies, each offering quality services to seniors in multiple settings.

The company’s 500-plus employees, scattered across the seven establishments, embody the core values of being “humble, understanding, just, merciful, honest, peaceful and faithful” in all they do in both life and at work.

Families have looked to Arcadia Family of Companies as a trusted resource for senior living options, including a complete array of care and services.

Trudi Galera was recently named chief operating officer of the Arcadia Home & Community Based Services with the company and oversees two adult day-care facilities: Central Union Church Adult Day Care & Day Health and Kilohana Senior Enrichment Center; as well as two home-based services: Arcadia At Home and Arcadia Home Health Services.

Galera has seen exponential growth in the homeand community-based services and believes the need to help older adults in the community, and in their home, will continue to increase as the population ages.

Adult day programs meet the needs of caregivers who are “sandwiched” between caregiving and other responsibilities, such as regular work commitments and raising children.

Just as well, many seniors prefer to age in place, from the comfort of their own homes, and Arcadia At Home allows one to do so, while still being able to sign up for membership and participate in programs, events and dining at 15 Craigside — the newest senior-living residence within Arcadia Family of Companies — or Arcadia. More importantly, members can count on guaranteed lifetime care without having to move out.

For those who prefer not to commit to a long-term contract, Arcadia Home Health Services is another option. With Arcadia Home Health, one can receive personal care and companionship services, limited health services, housekeeping, transportation and meal delivery in their own home, for as long as they need it.

“We are looking for compassionate employees who will enjoy getting to know our clients, members and their families,” said Lorri Kobata, director of talent acquisition and employee development with Arcadia Family of Companies.

Additionally, The Arcadia Foundation provides financial assistance to older adults in need, both within the Arcadia Family of Companies as well as the Hawaii community at large.

“The Arcadia Family of Companies has celebrated 50 years of caring for seniors and we continue to learn and implement best practices to benefit our residents, clients and members. Our mission, vision and core values guide us in all that we do,” Kobata said.

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THE 411

COMPANY: Arcadia Family of Companies

LOCATION: 1434 Punahou St., Honolulu

WEBSITE: arcadia.org

PRESIDENT & CEO: Emmet White

EMPLOYEES: More than 500

BENEFITS: Employees enjoy: health benefits, including medical, dental, vision and prescription insurance; access to a 403B retirement plan with company contributions; free meals and paid meal breaks; paid holidays, vacation, sick and other leave programs; paid certification and license renewals for staff; CPR and first aid training for all employees at no cost; and employee training and education for building skills while on paid work time.

NOTEWORTHY: Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities — Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CARF – CCAC) designation since 2003 (this equates to the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval regarding quality standards and industry-best practices); Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Hawaii’s Best People’s Choice Award 2010-2017; Hospice Hawaii Healthcare Organization of the Year 2012; Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society “Na Lima Kokua Ma Waena O Makua” award; and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ “Five Star” (highest rating) merit for nursing facilities in Hawaii.