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Kupuna Education Center Receives $270,000 Grant

Posted on | September 25, 2009 | Comments Off on Kupuna Education Center Receives $270,000 Grant

Kapiʻolani’s Kupuna Education Center received a $270,000 grant from the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation to implement a two-year education and training plan to upgrade the skills and capacity of the adult residential care home and adult foster home industry in Hawaiʻi. Through the Kupuna Adult Care Home Project, the Kupuna Education Center will work with CHI Partners of California to create a resource and training program for small residential homes. CHI Partners bring national resources from their work in Washington, Oregon and throughout the U.S.

The resources developed will include culturally and nutritionally appropriate menus and special diets, a guidebook to providing social and recreational activities that meet the individual needs of residents and a resource guide for the provision of effective medication management. The project will also develop materials to assist care homes in providing quality care for residents with complex medical needs including the use of oxygen, skin care, wound care, catheter care, diabetes management and care for residents who are obese.

The products created will draw on best-practice materials from other states and will be made available in a variety of formats, including cable television, online, and through in-person training sessions. The project will work closely with stakeholder groups throughout the community to ensure the effective development, promotion, and ongoing sustainability of the resources created.