February 27, 2019
WRIGHTSVILLE, PA–Holleran, the nation’s premier research and consulting firm serving aging service providers, has recognized Hawaii’s Kahala Nui as the most engaged Life Plan Community for residents. Scoring in the top 5th percentile of the Holleran Benchmark, Kahala Nui has created an environment where residents are supported and encouraged to age successfully, as they wish.
What does it take to become Hawaii’s most engaged community? Time, relationships and options. “I spend a significant amount of time meeting with each resident and their family to discuss how Kahala Nui can most significantly impact their ability to age successfully, no matter which level of care they are in,” says Wendy Wong, Executive Director. “This simple action reassures the resident that they are still able to maintain control over their choices, a critical piece of being fully engaged in their own life and within the community.”
Another priority at Kahala Nui is the atmosphere of connection between residents and employees. “We focus on bringing people together, drawing out their personal interests and contributions to programs. It’s the dynamic balance of involvement and continuous work, fine-tuning the programming, that allows us to meet the expectations of the residents,” explains Linda Adamson, Life Enrichment Director.
“The culture of resident engagement at Kahala Nui is admirable. They are among the few to grasp the concept of resident engagement in a way that supports the successful aging of its residents,” said Nikki Rineer, President of Holleran. “The team has aligned with the vision of the residents to create a community where resident life is the pinnacle of all they do.”
This recognition was made possible thanks to Holleran’s proprietary benchmark and Highest Honors algorithm. Less than 5% of communities who were surveyed within the past 24 months, received Highest Honors, which includes the opinions and views of more than 96,000 Independent Living residents.