Geriatrics

Young given chance to care for elderly

A major operator of homes for the elderly is wooing secondary-school leavers who fail to gain entry to higher study with free courses and HK$8,000 a month to join its staff.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:07pm

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Elderly need more subsidised care

The plight of 100-year-old Ng King-yin and his wife, Lam Sau-king, 95, highlights the lack of places in homes for the elderly.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Housing group offers special help

Facilitating quality living for older generations is a major priority for the Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS). However, rather than simply providing specialist housing for the elderly, the Society also pioneers initiatives aimed at improving their healthcare needs and general well-being.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Recognition for a lifetime of serving the public

The workload is heavy and the frustrations are many, but the satisfactions of helping patients outweighs everything else, says the outgoing chief of the medicine and geriatrics department at Princess Margaret Hospital.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Old couple get another year together

Centenarian Ng King-yin and his 95-year-old wife Lam Sau-king moved into a private care home together last Tuesday, temporarily easing fears that they would be forced to live apart after eight decades as a couple.

But their fees at the private home in Kowloon will only be paid by a sponsor for one year and their long wait for a government-subsidised home continues.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Lawmakers plead for more elderly care home places

Lawmakers yesterday made a cross-party plea for the government to provide more residential-care services for elderly couples.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The unpleasant truth about growing old

The news

Well-off retirees are being offered homes for the rest of their lives in two upmarket housing projects in Hong Kong. Those taking up the offer will pay one-off lump sum rent payments starting at about HK$3 million.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

No excuse for not helping the elderly

No one can help but feel sorry for the couple, aged 100 and 95, who, after being married for seven decades, may have to separate and live in different old people's homes. The pair are just two of more than 27,000 in the queue for government-subsidised care homes. Many have died waiting.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Couple's ordeal spurs call for change in elderly care

The plight of an elderly couple who are struggling to stay together exposes serious glitches and shortages in the care-home system that need to be tackled, said legislators who visited the pair yesterday.

The welfare chief meanwhile said the government's approach was to focus on 'ageing in place' - letting the elderly live out their retirement at home and in the community.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Grim choices facing the elderly

Ng King-yin has finally been offered a place at an aged-care home after two years of waiting. But he must choose between staying with his wife of 70 years and the care that he needs.

Ng, who is 100, wanted to live out the rest of his life with Lam Sau-king, 95. But Lam was not eligible for a regular care home place because of her poor health.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Row escalates over care home nurses

Nursing home managers protested outside the chief executive's office yesterday, urging an end to a Labour Advisory Board boycott of foreign workers that they say has placed 'unfair' strain on centres for the elderly and disabled.

Representatives from eight care homes said their services were disrupted and their staff forced to work longer hours due to staff shortages.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Daze of their lives

Yan Ming-kit knew she had to seek outside help when her mother suffered a fourth stroke eight years ago. Tam Kam-chue had been a livewire when she was younger, but at the age of 79, arthritis, high blood pressure and diabetes were taking a toll on her health. The confusing changes she was experiencing as dementia set in also left Tam feeling suicidal, so the family decided to act.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

OSC project to help aged avoid falls

Prevention is always better than cure - this is a belief held by the Rehabaid Society, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with special needs.

The society, which operates in Hung Hom and Pok Fu Lam, will get help from Operation Santa Claus this year to carry out a project called Salute to the Elderly.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Charity begins with providing a home

For 27 years, Frances Shiu Suk-yin bounced around between hospitals, halfway houses, nursing homes and a rented flat. Last year, however, the 54-year-old former psychiatric patient finally found herself a stable home, thanks to an innovative programme launched by the charity Mindset.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Calls for training in diagnosing dementia

Doctors need more training to improve their confidence in diagnosing and treating dementia, researchers say, after a survey found that less than one-third of medics were confident of diagnosing the disease, and 20 per cent preferred not to handle patients that have it.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

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