Elderly deserve better treatment
I am writing in response to the letter 'Caregivers need better training' (Young Post, March 2). A caregiver who badly ill-treated an elderly woman was given a six-month jail term and ordered to pay HK$3,000 in compensation. I think the offender should have received a harsher punishment.29 Mar 2010 - 12:00am
Plenty of parents fret about their children's future even when their offspring are well into their 20s or 30s. But Goretti Chung Kwok-yee has more reason to worry than most: her only son is mentally disabled.28 Oct 2009 - 12:00am
Police in Toronto say an immigrant couple from Hong Kong were each charged with two counts of child abduction for attempting to fly from Canada to Hong Kong with their children, who had been in the care of foster parents under a court ruling because of neglect.27 Oct 2009 - 12:00am
Like the rest of the world, Hong Kong is facing the challenge of an ageing population. By 2036, 26.4 per cent of our population will be aged 65 or above.8 Nov 2008 - 12:00am
The Story of Forgetting
by Stefan Merrill Block
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A 26-year-old author as skilled as Stefan Merrill Block is almost as rare as an American novelist under 40 who has avoided the production line from Ivy League creative-writing course to the publishing industry.7 Sep 2008 - 12:00am
About three quarters of ageing handicapped people in Hong Kong either do not have a caregiver or are cared for by someone over 60, the Council of Social Service says.
The council interviewed about 300 recipients of handicapped services 50 and over and found that 77 per cent lacked an adequate caregiver.4 May 2008 - 12:00am
A painful personal experience has turned Samuel Ku Kwok-wo into a patient and loving volunteer who offers home care and counselling services to the elderly in need.
'My father died of heart failure and cancer 10 years ago. I still regret that I did not take good care of him when he was alive,' Mr Ku said.31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
Nearly 300 volunteers have started providing home services for needy elderly under a one-year trial scheme.
About 270 volunteers, mostly retired people and part-time workers, had completed the 21-hour training programme by January under the scheme that began in October.31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
The Social Welfare Department is considering expanding the day-care service it established in October.
The department launched the scheme with the target of arranging day care for 40 children.
Parents can collect their children from their day-carers as late as 10pm every day.14 Jan 2008 - 12:00am
Relief from juggling act of tending to ill relatives
Life was a juggling act for middle-aged housewife Chik Lai-chu.
In 1995, her father suffered a stroke. So she began to shuttle between her home in Sheung Shui and her parents' home in Sha Tin at least three times a week to look after her sick father and her mother, who suffered from severe asthma.30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am
The founder of one of the city's most successful social enterprises said observation and adaptation to social change were crucial factors for NGOs when they were considering business ideas.18 Oct 2007 - 12:00am
Privately run homes for the elderly urged the government to relax the ratio for imported workers yesterday, saying a serious shortage of carers might cause more facilities to close.
Chan Chi-yuk, secretary-general of the Hong Kong Association of Private Homes for the Elderly, said more than 90 per cent of its members had said they face labour shortages.28 Aug 2007 - 12:00am
Home carers are needed to assist families who are under stress from looking after elderly relatives, a government-commissioned study suggested yesterday.
Legislators are also urging the government to draw up a five-year plan to help solve the problem of a 'severe' lack of home carers.13 Feb 2007 - 12:00am
Elderly homes with lax records should lose licence, says head of commission
Homes for the elderly with a poor record of drug dispensing should have their licences suspended 'in a high-profile way', executive councillor and chairman of the Elderly Commission Leong Che-hung said.27 Apr 2006 - 12:00am