Is Palolo Chinese Home only for Chinese?
No - PCH is open to men and women regardless of race, religion and national origin. PCH serves primarily frail elders but has no age minimums or limits. Admission is based on functional abilities and nursing care needs. Each potential resident is assessed individually by a member of the nursing staff. The word “Chinese” in our name not only reflects our early beginnings of caring for aging plantation workers, but also the Chinese philosophy of filial piety and benevolence towards the elderly, which continues to this day.

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How long has Palolo Chinese Home been in Hawaii?
The Palolo Chinese Home originated in the 19th century through the efforts of Hawaii’s community unified by values of respect for the aged. In 1896, 326 Chinese immigrants to Hawaii joined together to provide for others less fortunate who had grown too old or infirmed to continue working Hawaii’s plantations and ranches. Known first as Wai Wah Yee Yin Chinese Hospital, the first facility was founded in 1897 in Kapalama near Honolulu’s Chinatown. Need soon outstripped this modest beginning and many elderly Chinese were again forced to sleep in Chinese family or district organization halls. Additional funds were raised from the community and in 1917 the organization acquired 15 acres in the rural area of Palolo Valley. It was then known as the Palolo Chinese Old Men’s Home. Since inception, the Home and its predecessor the Chinese Hospital, had served men of all ethnicities. Palolo Chinese Home was expanded to include women residents in 1972.

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What services does PCH provide?

  • Intermediate/Skilled Nursing  
  • Adult Residential Care Home (Type II)
  • Adult Day Care
  • Hospice Services
  • Overnight Respite 
  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy 
  • Hawaii Neighborhood Outreach to the Aged (HiNOA) 
    • Information and Referral Service
    • Home Delivered Meals
    • Residential House Cleaning
    • Doctor House Calls to Home-Bound Seniors
(For more information on PCH Services...)

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What kinds of activities does PCH provide?
Therapeutic, social, educational, recreational and other specific activities are provided and include:

  • Daily exercise as tolerated by the participant and/or prescribed by the doctor 
  • Hand-eye coordination activities 
  • Opportunities for creative expression through arts and crafts 
  • Facilitated reading of magazines and books 
  • Listening to music and watching travel/educational television programs 
  • Inter-generational activities with students and others from within the community 
  • Participation in group functions

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What kinds of foods does PCH serve?
PCH provides balanced meals prepared by PCH’s Dietary Department under the supervision of a licensed Dietician. Our menu includes a wide variety of cultural and local foods. Special diets can be accommodated and appropriate snacks are provided between meals. (See a current menu…)

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What is the admission process?
Call (808) 737-2555 during office hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30pm (Hawaii Standard Time) for a tour of the facility with our Admission Coordinator or to have materials mailed/emailed to you. Completed application, physical exam report and 2 – step TB clearance are required to advance the admission process. Admission is dependent upon availability of space. Generally it is possible to move an applicant in within a few days or weeks at the most. (View Admission Handbooks…)

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How is medication ordered and charged?
PCH will oversee the filing or reordering of prescribed medications or supplies and recommends the use of its contracted pharmacy. Residents or family representatives who wish to obtain medicines on their own or who chose to use a non-contract pharmacy should notify the Charge Nurse at the time of admission. In either case, the cost of medications and supplies is the responsibility of the resident and/or representative.

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Can residents be taken out-on-pass?
Yes. Unless contraindicated by the resident’s physician, a resident may leave when accompanied by relatives or friends for short periods or even overnight(s) as long as proper notice of such absence is given. A Leave of Absence form must be completed and signed before any resident can be absent overnight.

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Is there a registration fee?
Yes - all residents being admitted or entering PCH for the first time will be charged a non-refundable application-processing fee in addition to the amount due for the first month of service. In certain circumstances this fee may be waived. You may discuss this with our Admissions Coordinator.

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What are the visiting hours?
One may visit a resident of Palolo Chinese Home at any time. However, we request that visitors call if they expect to arrive on campus before 9:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. Visitors are required to sign in and out of the facility in the Visitor Log at each visit. Visiting is allowed only in the public reception and/or common areas. Visitors may see residents at bedside only after obtaining the Charge Nurse’s permission. Visitors with contagious or communicable conditions must not visit the Home.

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Our daughter Lori was admitted into Palolo Chinese Home last year for skilled nursing care due to her progressive battle with Multiple Sclerosis/Devic's disease.  Here at Palolo Chinese Home, we know that she is enjoying the care that the staff has been giving her; by the aides, nurses, food staff and even administrative staff.  Lori participates in all of their activities and interacts with everyone she meets including other residents and guests and has made many new friends.  Her meals are well balanced to meet her dietary needs and she loves the different variety of dishes provided.  Her plates are always "clean as a whistle".  Everyone here has made such a wonderful impact in her life and we are so thankful.

~ David & Patsy Oshiro ~