Review may see improvements to home services for elderly

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 October, 2007, 12:00am

Home services for the elderly are to be reviewed by the Elderly Commission, which will propose improvements to the government by next October.

Commission chairman Leong Che-hung said: 'We will see how to improve the service of private residential care homes for the elderly and review the current practice of buying residential care places from private residential care homes for the elderly.'

In a paper sent to the Legislative Council welfare services panel last week, the Labour and Welfare Bureau said it would provide 212 more subsidised residential-care places and buy 531 residential-care places from private care homes for the elderly in 2007-08.

'The places are never enough, because every elderly person may need residential care some day,' Dr Leong said. The Labour and Welfare Bureau said 11 centres for the elderly, each receiving a one-off government grant of HK$50,000, would train at least 660 carers in the next 12 months to provide outreach services to the elderly in their homes.

Training is to start this month, under which each carer will receive 21 hours' tuition in communication, caring skills and common diseases among the elderly.

Dr Leong also said the commission welcomed the government's health-care vouchers plan, under which five vouchers, worth HK$50 each, will be issued a year from 2008-09 to subsidise the use of private-sector medical services by the elderly.



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