Families urge legislature to continue funding Kupuna Caregivers program

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HONOLULU (KHON2) – Supporters are trying to draw attention to the continued need for funding of the Kupuna Caregivers Program.

It provides assistance of up to $70 a day in services.

More than 154,000 family caregivers in Hawaii provide unpaid care to a parent, spouse or loved one in need.
This financial support will go a long way.

“It’s better to be at home,” said Sen. Josh Green, (D), Kona, Kau. “It’s better to support our kupuna so that a little break takes a little bit of the edge off in times of need, in times of crisis makes all the difference.”

There’s currently a senate bill in place that would provide $3.4 million to the program.

It still needs to be heard by the house health committee.