A woman visits her elderly mother in a care home in Tuen Mun. The demand for elderly care in Hong Kong outstrips the supply of affordable care options, and “ageing in place”, where elderly people live in their own homes, is seen as a solution. Photo: Edward Wong

Elderly care is skilled work, and Hong Kong’s migrant domestic helpers should be recognised for their skills

Daisy Tam says care work should not just be seen as a labour of love, and a proper recognition of the skill requirements of the job would not just be fair, but also – when the carers feel appreciated – result in a higher quality of care

Topic |   Ageing society

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A woman visits her elderly mother in a care home in Tuen Mun. The demand for elderly care in Hong Kong outstrips the supply of affordable care options, and “ageing in place”, where elderly people live in their own homes, is seen as a solution. Photo: Edward Wong
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Daisy Tam

Daisy Tam

Daisy Tam, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University. Alongside her academic research in urban food security, she is also the board director of Enrich - a Hong Kong based charity that promotes the economic empowerment of migrant domestic workers. In both roles, she strives to promote social equality and channels her work to build a fairer more equitable society.