Senior care enterprise operates as one ohana

The skilled health care professionals and nurses of Arcadia Family of Companies work kindly and diligently for their senior clients. PHOTO COURTESY OF ARCADIA FAMILY OF COMPANIES

By Kyle Galdeira

The Arcadia Family of Companies has served as the leader of providing senior care in Hawaii for 50 years.

The operation started with Arcadia Retirement Residence in 1967, and within the last 20 years has expanded to include seven companies dedicated to providing services to seniors in multiple settings.

The company’s 500-plus employees embody the core values of being “humble, understanding, just, merciful, honest, peaceful and faithful” in both life and at work. And because of this, ohanas have looked to the Arcadia Family of Companies as a trusted resource for senior living options, including a complete array of care and services.

“Employees have an opportunity to really get to know the residents and their families long term, providing the best quality care and services,” said Lorri Kobata, Arcadia Family of Companies’ director of talent acquisition and employee development. “We know everyone by name. Working for the Arcadia Family of Companies is different from working in a hospital with a short-term focus.

Lorri Kobata

“We provide a physical environment similar to a five-star hotel with beautiful amenities and dining options with a focus on senior-living excellence,” she added. “For those who have a genuine passion for providing quality care and service to seniors, there is no better place to work.”

The communities at 15 Craigside and Arcadia provide independent living, assisted living, skilled and intermediate care, as well as special attention for those battling Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

In response to growing demand for in-home care options, Arcadia At Home is the newest senior living option that allows one to stay home while receiving the services consistent with the continuum of care, including skilled nursing, long-term care and end-of-life assistance.

There’s also Arcadia Home Health Services, which offers personal care and companionship services, limited health services, housekeeping, transportation and meal options for seniors who wish to receive care in their own home.

The company celebrates 50 years in operation, which began with Arcadia Retirement Residence, and has since expanded its e~ orts with the goal of providing quality care to all seniors.

Central Union Church Adult Day Care & Day Health Center and Kilohana Senior Enrichment Center — also part of Arcadia Family of Companies — have crafted programs for seniors to enjoy activities, games and wellness exercise, coupled with enjoying nutritious meals during the day while family caretakers are at work.

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.

“We’ve been around for a long time and provide stability, knowledge and experience in senior living,” Kobata said. “The Arcadia Family of Companies has celebrated 50 years of caring for seniors and we continue to learn and implement the best practices to benefit our residents, clients and members. Our mission, vision and core values guide us in all that we do.”

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THE 411

COMPANY: Arcadia Family of Companies

LOCATION: 1434 Punahou St., Honolulu

WEBSITE: arcadia.org

PRESIDENT AND CEO: Emmet White

EMPLOYEES: More than 500

BENEFITS: Employees enjoy premium health benefits, including medical, dental, vision and prescription insurance; access to a 403(B) 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: The company has been honored with 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); multiple Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Hawaii’s Best People’s Choice Awards; 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) nursing facilities in Hawaii.