Managing Contractor
Avalon Health Care Hawaii
Yukio Okutsu
State Veterans Home - Hilo

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1180 Waianuenue Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-1500

Eligibility Requirements:

Governor of the State of Hawaii by Executive Directive, June 28, 2004, Designated Hawaii Health Systems Corporation as the responsible agency for the management and operation of the State Veterans Home. Hawaii Health Systems Corporation through coordination with the State of Hawaii Office of Veterans Services and Governors Advisory Council developed conditions and standards for admission for veterans to Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home – Hilo.

Admission to the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home – Hilo shall be in accordance with the policies and procedures as established at the time application for admission is presented; provided however, that Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home – Hilo may admit veterans who qualify for care and treatment under Title 38, U.S.C., Section 101 (19), and may adopt appropriate rules consistent with accepted medical considerations to carry out this function.

Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home – Hilo

To be eligible for care the veteran must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The applicant must be recognized as an “eligible veteran” by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • The applicant must require skilled or long-term nursing home care as defined by the VA, Medicaid, or Medicare as certified by a physician.
  • The applicant must be at least 55 years of age. Admission of persons under age 55 is considered on an individual basis by the admissions team with consideration given to the ability of the Home to meet the needs of the Veterans population.
  • The applicant must be honorably discharged.
  • The applicant must have resided in Hawaii prior to induction in the military or a resident of Hawaii for one full year at time of application for admission.
  • The Applicant must be able to pay the resident’s portion of the cost of care (if not covered by other payer sources such as Medicare Medicaid, pensions, etc.).
  • On a space available basis, the home will accept spouses and Gold Star Parent statutory limits.
  • For wait listed applicants, the admissions team will utilize the following priority order for admissions:
    1. VA Priority Grouping
    2. Veterans who service included at least one day in wartime period.

Adult Day Health Services for Veterans
Adult Day Health planned opening Fall 2009

Adult Day health care is a therapeutically oriented outpatient day program, which provides health maintenance and rehabilitative services to its participants. The program provides individualized care delivered by an interdisciplinary health care team and support staff, with an emphasis of helping participants and their caregivers develop the knowledge and skills necessary to manage care requirement in the home. Adult day health care is targeted for complex medical and/or functional needs of geriatric patients.

In addition to the criteria specified for admission to Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home – Hilo the applicant must:

  • Must meet the Adult Day Health Care Requirements as certified by a physician and defined by the Department of Veterans Affairs as follows:
  • Meet at least two of the following indicators:
    • Dependence in two or more activities of daily living
    • Dependence in three or more instrumental activities of daily living
    • Be disabled by age (i.e. Advanced age, 75 years of age or older)
    • High use of medical services, (i.e. three or more hospitalizations in past 12 months; or 12 or more hospitalizations, outpatient clinic visits; or emergency evaluation unit visits is past 12 months)
    • Diagnosis of clinical depression
    • Recent discharge from nursing home or hospital
    • Significant cognitive impairment, particularly when characterized by multiple behavior problems
  • Must have a supportive living arrangement sufficient to meet their health care needs when not participating in the adult day health care program, and
  • Must be able to benefit from the adult health care program

Note: Applicants for the State Veterans Home will be checked against the Sex Offender Registry and a background check for active felony status. No one found to be on the Sex Offender Registry or in a fugitive felon, status shall be considered for admission.

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