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An Invitation to Participate: KMC Welcomes New Programs to Support Kupuna and Families

KMC Welcomes Project Dana and Announces a Call for Volunteers and Kupuna

Project Dana, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and mobilizing volunteers to support the frail and elderly in their environment of choice, will now have an outpost at KMC to support the Ko‘olauloa community. This program, named Kahiau (selfless generosity) is on track to begin in August of 2016.Project DANA currently serves 19 other communities across O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i Island. Kupuna participating in Project Dana can receive these care-giving services:

Home Visits
Telephone Visits
Hospital & Care Home Visits
Respite Care
Family Caregivers Support
Home Safety Assessments
Minor Home Repairs & Light Housekeeping
Transportation for medical appointments, grocery shopping. religious services

Volunteers participating in Project Dana receive: initial and continual training, education and guidance from Project Dana staff and professional resources. To participate as a kupuna or as a volunteer and to begin the initial assessment, please contact Kori Napa‘a, LSW, at (808) 293-6232 or email her at knapaa@kmc-hi.org

KMC Launches Caregiver Support Group Open to the Community

With the understanding that even caregivers need to be cared for, KMC hopes a Caregiver Support Group right here in our community (without needing to travel for miles) will provide a safe haven to discuss caregiver needs, education of various topics, share personal experiences, and offer support. Fascilitated and led by the guidance of a Licensed Social Worker, this group is open to anyone in the community. A typical 1.5 hour meeting will include an Education Session (possible topics of relevance are Medicaid, POA/dPOA, Wills,Finances, Respite, Self-Care), and time to Talk Story and share experiences.To participate in this Caregiver Support Group, please contact Kori Napa‘a, LSW, at (808) 293-6232 or email her at knapaa@kmc-hi.org