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.

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top 

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...)

 Back to Top 

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

Back to Top 

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…)

Back to Top 

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…)

Back to Top 

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.

Back to Top 

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.

Back to Top 

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.

Back to Top 

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.

Back to Top 

Donate Now
$25.00
$50.00
$100.00
$250.00
$ (Please enter donation amount)
Donate Now
$25.00
$50.00
$100.00
$250.00
$ (Please enter donation amount)
 

The care my mom, Jane Omori, receives at PCH has been EXCELLENT. We cannot express how happy our family has been with the care provided by PCH in all regards! When my mother’s condition worsened to where she had to be transferred from the care home section to the skilled nursing unit, the transition was so well coordinated that it really put our family’s concern at ease. We cannot say enough about the staff at PCH. They are all, without exception, the most caring dedicated, cheerful staff we have ever experienced!

Mahalo!
– Carl Omori

PCH Caring for Generations Capital Campaign for a new Progressive Care Complex

Rapid growth in Hawaii’s senior population has put tremendous strain on families. In addition, Hawaii has the fewest long-term care bed in the nation. PCH is addressing these issues with the expansion and modernization of our campus buildings.

Our new Progressive Care Complex (scheduled for completion in early 2016) will meet the wants and needs of tomorrow’s baby boomer senior citizens. Plans call for a new 15,000 square-foot building that will increase the Home’s overall capacity to 130 nursing and care home beds. The one-story facility will have a large courtyard with adjacent areas for group dining, activities and events.

The renovation of PCH’s existing Victoria Ward Hall (built in 1965) will complete the Progressive Care Complex. Along with offices and meeting rooms, the centerpiece of the renovated building will be the new PCH Rehabilitation Center that will provide therapy services for both PCH campus residents as well as people living at home.

The goal of the PCH Caring for Generations Campaign is $7.5 million. PCH depends on the generous donations and support of the community. Please click [here] to download a campaign gift form.