H.C.R. NO.














     WHEREAS, RECOGNIZING MARCH AS Adult Residential care HOME and adult foster Home Operators Month.


     WHEREAS, adult residential care home (ARCH) and adult foster home (AFH) operators provide an invaluable service to the greater community; and


     WHEREAS, ARCH and AFH save taxpayers substantial sums of money that would otherwise be expended for the care of the elderly and disabled if they were to become wards of the State; and


     WHEREAS, many operators are beset by many challenges such as the high cost of liability insurance that threatens their continued existence; and


     WHEREAS, caring for ARCH and AFH operators' clients is an honorable profession that is becoming increasingly necessary in the face of Hawaii's ever-expanding elderly population; and


     WHEREAS, with the cost of living in Hawaii it has become increasingly common for multiple family members in a home to hold down several jobs which leaves little time for the 24-hour care an aging relative may need; and


     WHEREAS, many assisted living facilities are well beyond the financial reach of some families who need assistance with a loved one; and


     WHEREAS, it is estimated that by the year 2020 one in four persons in this state will be over the age of 60, illustrating the impending need for ARCH and AFH operators; and

     WHEREAS, ARCH and AFH operators provide for all aspects of a person's needs from scheduling of doctor's appointments or physical therapy programs to providing social interaction with those residents who no longer have family near to them to visit; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2009, the Senate concurring, that the Legislature recognizes March as "Adult Residential Care Home and Adult Foster Care Home Operators Month" and supports the effort of all care home operators who give so much of themselves to provide this valuable service to the community; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor, Director of Health, and Director of Human Services.









Report Title: 


Relating to Adult Residential care HOME and adult foster Home Operators