Better mental health and well-being
Mostly in the younger population, the availability of electronic devices and the abundant use of social media can trigger anxiety, depression, and at worse suicide. Our elderly are facing issues they have little control over such as social isolation and lack of stimulation, ultimately leading to severe loneliness and the sense of losing their purpose in life. Prevalent unhealthy nutritional choices in any age group can lead to a number of physical ailments, lowered self-esteem, and can have dire long-lasting consequences.
Our team at Hau‘oli Piha has identified areas in the Maui County healthcare continuum that are under-served. Take the aging population of Maui, for example, the hard choice of leaving behind familiar surroundings and familiar faces is not only a choice that comes at a huge monetary cost but also at the cost of giving up one’s independence and most activities the person was used to.
Despite the best efforts of caregivers or loved ones, some patients are simply not able to engage anymore due to various illnesses, especially those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s. As patients age and those illnesses progress, their lives start lacking spontaneity, meaning, choice, and reliable social interactions. Residents in care homes are hugely dependent on whatever is offered to them for their enjoyment. Unfortunately, there is a discrepancy between what is needed and what is being offered, leaving the most vulnerable population under-served. To narrow this gap is our goal.