Elderly woman wins battle to live with husband in care home

Charlotte Kaide
Charlotte Kaide

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It was a huge victory Wednesday for an elderly Big Island woman who's been fighting for two years to live in the same care home as her husband.

Governor Lingle signed a bill into law that allows two private pay individuals to live in the same community care foster family home. State law prevented Terry Kaide and her husband of 63 years from living together in the same facility, until now.

"We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to witness the signing of Senate Bill 190 into law to allow mom to live with her husband happily ever after," Charlotte Kaide, daughter, said through tears.

Under the new law, a care home must be certified for three beds, and the third bed must be reserved for a Medicaid client who requires long-term care.