The Government provides a wide variety of social services and benefits to the elders, including Community Care and Support Services, Residential Care Services and Social Security. Combined with non-governmental support services, these measures ensure that the elders receive the help they need.
Community Care and Support Services
Both the District Elderly Community Centres and the Neighbourhood Elderly Centres satisfy the needs of the elders in terms of education, development, carer support, outreaching and networking, counselling, meals, referrals and drop-in services.
- District Elderly Community Centreshttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_elderly/sub_csselderly/id_districtel/
- Neighbourhood Elderly Centreshttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_elderly/sub_csselderly/id_neighbourhood/
The elders can also enroll in the social and recreational activities organised by the Social Centres for the Elderly to make better use of their leisure time and build social networks.
- Social Centres for the Elderlyhttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_elderly/sub_csselderly/id_socialcent/
To meet the special needs of senior citizens who are physically weak, Day Care Centres/Units for the Elderly and Enhanced Home and Community Care Services and Integrated Home Care Services offer centre-based and home-based community care services respectively.
- Day Care Centres/Units for the Elderlyhttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_elderly/sub_csselderly/id_daycarecen/
- Enhanced Home and Community Care Serviceshttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_elderly/sub_csselderly/id_enhancedho/
- Integrated Home Care Serviceshttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_elderly/sub_csselderly/id_618/
Residential Care Services
The elders who lack care and assistance at home can enjoy residential care services for accommodation, personal care, health maintenance and social networking. There are different kinds of residential care homes to meet different care needs of the elders.
- Lists of Residential Care Homes for the Elderlyhttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_elderly/sub_residentia/id_listofresi/
- Care and Attention Home for the Elderlyhttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_elderly/sub_residentia/id_careandatt/
- Nursing Homehttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_elderly/sub_residentia/id_nursinghom/
Central Waiting List for Subsidised Long Term Care Services
Since November 2003, the Social Welfare Department has implemented a Central Waiting List for subsidised long-term care services. To apply for subsidised long-term care services, applicants will need to undertake a standardised assessment to confirm their needs and matched them with appropriate services.
- Central Waiting List for Subsidised Long Term Care Serviceshttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_elderly/sub_centralwai/
- Standardised Care Need Assessment Mechanism for Elderly Serviceshttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_elderly/sub_standardis/
Social Security and Benefits
Elders can apply for various social security schemes. The Social Security Allowance Scheme provides a monthly allowance to Hong Kong residents aged 65 or above, or who are severely disabled.
- More on the Social Security Allowance Schemehttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_socsecu/sub_ssallowance/index.html
Elders in financial difficulty can also apply for the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) to meet their basic needs. Elderly CSSA recipients meeting the prescribed criteria who choose to retire permanently in Guangdong or Fujian provinces can continue to receive cash assistance under the Portable CSSA Scheme.
- Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Schemehttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_socsecu/sub_comprehens/index.html
- Portable Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Schemehttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_socsecu/sub_portableco/index.html
All Hong Kong residents aged 65 or above can apply for a Senior Citizen Card to enjoy various social benefits such as concessions, discounts and priority services offered by the Government, public organisations and private or commercial establishments.
- Senior Citizen Card Schemehttp://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_elderly/sub_csselderly/id_seniorciti/
Other Social Services for the Elderly
Besides the Government, a number of non-governmental and community service organisations provide support, such as the 24-hour emergency alarm system that enables elderly people in danger to speak to an operator.
- Organisations offering information and services for the elderlyhttp://www.elderlycommission.gov.hk/en/related_sites/index1.html#nongov
For enquiries, please contact the Hotline of Social Welfare Department on (852) 2343 2255.
Last review date: February 2015