for more about this valuable free program for family caregivers.
Here's a quick guide to support groups in Kona. For more information about each group, please see the Resourcespage on this website -- scroll down about halfway to "Caregiver, Patient & Family Support," next to the turtle.
Alzheimer’s Disease – Patrick Toal, MSW, 219-7419
Brain Injury Support Group – Karen Klemme, 896-2962
Cancer Support Group (Honalo) – Shirley, 323-2732
HCCNCaregiver Sharing Group – Heloise, 322-5157
Hospice of Kona — 324-7700
Lewy Body and Other Dementia – Jim Echle, 936-4949
MS Support Group – John Moore, 896-2609
National Federation of the Blind – Dianna Jones Ph.D., 238-1426
Parkinson’s Disease — Tom St. John, 925-785-6093
Hawaii Community Caregiver Network (HCCN) was formed in 1995 to support family caregivers in West Hawaii and help them stay healthy in body and spirit. We envision a community in which care-givers are valued for their contributions (and receive social, educational, economic, and emotional support) and where the care receiver is able to live life meaningfully, with dignity and self-worth.
Our main projects are:
Sponsoring the "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" program in West Hawaii, which offers a six-week series of free two-hour classes designed to help family caregivers with their problems and needs;
a full day of speakers, workshops, and self-care options specifically chosen for family caregivers;
Offering a monthly caregiver sharing group, held on the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Regency at Hualalai, 75-181 Hualalai Rd., Kailua Kona. There’s no charge to attend. For questions and to reserve your space, call Heloise Lochman, 322-5157, by the Thursday before the meeting; and
Compiling a Resource Guide for Kona Family Caregivers, which lists all the services we've been able to locate in Kona, with details and contact info about each agency or program. It's listed here in the website; you are welcome to contact us for a printable .pdf file which we will email you; and it is available as a printed booklet at many of the agencies listed in it.
As an all-volunteer grassroots organization, we are grateful for the support of many community sponsors, which include: West Hawaii Healthcare Council, AARP, HMSA, the Regency at Hualalai,
and Hawaii Community Foundation. For a full listing of our sponsors, see the "About HCCN" page.
Hawaii Community Caregiver Network is a 501(c)(3) organization.