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November 2013

This month we have a few updated resources we just received from our partners and put on our website.

The Bereavement Network of Hawaii just updated its Bereavement Support list.  The 14 page document from October 2013 is on our website.

The brand new 2013 updated 'Services and Housing Options for Seniors on O'ahu' (pdf file 1MB) published by the Kokua Kalihi Valley. Authored by Drs. Ritabelle Fernandes and the late Hortense M. Gandy, it provides a comprehensive look at current housing alternatives on O'ahu and resources for transportation, home care, meals and available accommodations. This free publication is made available to seniors compliments of Kahala Nui. The 134 page booklet is on our website (scroll down a bit).

And just a reminder: Kokua Mau is the official repository for POLST information in Hawaii. You can download POLST forms as well as the handouts for providers and consumers there.


Thur. 11/14 Webinar: Hospice & Nursing Home Relationships

Kōkua Mau announces a webinar: Hospice & Nursing Home Relationships: As Scrutiny Increases, Providers Need to Be Compliant.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
10:00 am - 11:30 am HST

Over the last two years, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has renewed its concerns about hospice relationships with nursing homes. This webinar will focus on strategies to address these concerns and avoid possible issues. To learn more about the webinar's content and to register online follow this link.

Wed. 11/20 Engaging the Community - Brainstorm

From the beginning, Kōkua Mau has recognized the importance of having conversations about wishes for care at the end of life. 

Recently, a number of different people have been talking about the need to engage our community in these conversations so this first brainstorming session will be a chance to strategize about who we can be partnering with as well as looking at some of available programs and projects that we could adapt for use in Hawaii.

Please join us for a brainstorming session on November 20 from 4-6pm to talk about how we can engage our community.  We will be meeting at St. Francis, Room 224 - the usual room for our Kōkua Mau meetings. 

Bring along your ideas!!  Light pupus will be provided. 
Thur. 11/21 Palliative Pupus

Please join us for the last Palliative Pupus of the year, our palliative clinical case discussion which is open to all.  Please note that this month we are meeting on a Thursday because of scheduling conflicts.  

Thursday Nov. 21
5:15PM to 7PM

The Queens Conference Center (QCC)
Room 200
510 S. Beretania Street 
HonoluluHI 96813

Palliative Pupu's model is an informal, interactive, collegial, pau hana to present and discuss challenging cases as a group. Palliative Pupus is open for clinicians in a variety of fields: doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains. Palliative Pupus is a potluck event so please bring food to share.

We will send an email reminder as soon as the topic for this meeting has been determined.

Details about parking etc. on our website
Thur. 12/5 Kokua Mau Meeting

Please join us for our monthly Kōkua Mau Meeting. Because of the holiday season, we combine the November and December meetings so this will be the last one of the year.  This month we will spend the first hour talking about the ACP Decisions videos and how you have been using them.  We'd like to hear your stories!! 

Thursday Dec. 5
3PM to 5PM

Room 224
Weinberg Building at St. Francis Healthcare System
2226 Liliha Street

If you would like to be on the agenda, please contact Jeannette directly.

For directions and parking information check our website


Dec. 3-5, 2013 Hawaii HCBS Conference


The Early Bird Registration for the 2013 Hawaii HCBS Conference has been extended to Friday, November 15, 2013!  There is still time to take advantage of the discounted rates!

The State of Hawaii's Executive Office on Aging announced the registration online for the 2013 Hawaii Home and Community Based Care (HCBS) Conference.

The site also features links to the agenda and exhibitor/sponsor prospectus.
  • Full details on being a sponsor or exhibitor are on the website 
In this Issue:
11/14 Webinar
11/20 Brainstorming
11/21 Palliative Pupus
12/5 Kōkua Mau Meeting
Dec 3-5, 2013 - HCBS Conference
From Previous Newsletters
Death over Dinner Website
11/14 Celebration of Life
Hospice News Network
Kokua Mau in Pacific Business News

From Previous Newsletters
- Abbreviated -

Death over Dinner - a new venue for talking story

Would you be willing to host a small dinner party to talk with friends about death and dying?  While the topic may seem morbid, many of us struggle for ways to engage with friends about important but difficult topics.  What better place than a safe environment with friends?  This seems like a great idea for Hawaii.   

"Death over dinner" is an interactive website that helps you create a dinner invitation to talk about death, with a menu of interactive options, videos and reading assignments. Visit their website and find out more about it.

Here is a short synopsis from Death over Dinner: How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation America isn't having. Death over dinner has gathered dozens of medical and wellness leaders to cast an unflinching eye at end of life, and created an uplifting interactive adventure that transforms this seemingly difficult conversation into one of deep engagement, insight and empowerment.

Let us know if you try it and what your results are!!


Thur. 11/14 Celebration of Life

In observance of Veterans Day and National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Bristol Hospice invites you to join in a Celebration of Life.

A day to remember and honor your loved ones with a heart-warming memorial service. The event is open to the public. (Flyer on our website)

Thursday, November 14, 2013
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
at O'ahu Veterans Center
1298 Kukila Street,  Honolulu

For more information please call 536-8012 or email: ckimhan@bristolhospice.com


Hospice News Network Now Available for Hawai'i!

Hospice News Network: A great opportunity to be better informed.

Hospice News Network, is a national e-newsletter that provides a summary of hospice, palliative and end-of-life care articles. The stories cover local, state and national issues and come from a variety of sources.  A number of colleagues in other states subscribe and find it useful and interesting.

If you would be interested in getting this weekly newsletter, just let Jeannette know.  HMSA has agreed to pay the cost so we are able to offer it to free for interested people and organizations in Hawaii.

The most recent issue includes a recent report from the Dartmouth Atlas on continued low usage of hospice and possible contributing factors; a call from OIG for more frequent hospice certifications; and a study in The Journal of Palliative Medicine which found that community-based palliative care has a significant impact in "preventing vulnerable people at the end of life from being exposed to the stressful [emergency room] environment and decreases pressure on [emergency departments]."

Kōkua Mau in the News!!

Pacific Business News wrote an good article about Kōkua Mau and our Trailblazer award!!  The article nicely outlines Kōkua Mau's mission and activities, encouraging people to talk ahead of time about end-of-life care wishes. Click here to read  Jenna Blakely's whole article. This month they will be running another article about Kokua Mau, sponsored by HMAA as part of their Wellness Coalition. 

See you soon!

Jeannette Koijane, MPH
Executive Director
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