The Institute of Active Ageing (IAA) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Squina "Loving Heart" Volunteer Team jointly conduct a "Home Safety Project" for five years (2010-2015) to improve the living standard of the elderly. The project will provide home environment assessments and improvements (e.g. small-scale home renovation works) for home-owners who are above 60 years of age, living in dilapidated homes with poor fittings. Two hundred such homes of elderly associated with the Po Leung Kuk Elderly Center are the target beneficiaries.
"Ageing in place” is the public policy in response to the population ageing in Hong Kong. The [email protected] Project (2012-2014) provides the elderly with the following services: 1) Free on-site assessment of home safety by occupational therapist, with education on fall prevention and recommendations for home modification; 2) Financial subsidy to deprived elders to implement the home improvement plans and/or purchase recommended rehabilitation aids. A maximum of HK$2,000 will be offered based on the individual assessment.
Phone Care Service is a system that automatically calls elderly users everyday to confirm their safety and presence. If the user did not pick up the phone, staff will pay a home visit to the elderly. Volunteers will visit the elderly on birthdays and festivals. Elderly, especially those living alone, could apply for this service without any charge.
Through a phone-like device, older persons have 24-hour access to support and care service, community service, referral service, caring and appointment reminder service and short-term emotional counselling service. It is designed for indoor use as it requires a fixed telephone connection. Older persons can use this service by paying a monthly fee. Financially difficult users may apply for a charity subsidy
This is a smartphone application which enables users to track the location of the elderly. Its intended users are the family members of the elderly.
For a monthly fee, elderly and persons with dementia, cognitive disorders, autism, attention deficit and mental disabilities. An easy-to-use portable device with a one-button design will be provided to users. Users could access 24-hour outdoor support and care on-the-go.
This service is provided through a Home Tablet. By pressing the "e-Care Link" botton on the tablet, user will be connected directly to a 24-hour Call & Care service center to enquire information or seek assistance. When a user seeks hospitalization for medical treatment, the user’s family/emergency contact person will be informed, and the relevant health record and electronic medical record will be sent to the A&E Departments under the Hospital Authority to facilitate appropriate medical treatment. Elderly could use this service by paying a monthly fee.
Users of this service can have access to 24-hour support and care service, community service, referral service, caring and appointment reminder service, and short-term emotional counseling service. It is designed for indoor use, as it requires a fixed telephone connection. Elderly can use this service by paying a monthly fee. Users with financial difficulties could apply for a charity subsidy.
The Safety Phone provides care support services especially designed to allow older persons to enjoy social lives. It provides 24-hour comprehensive outdoor care and support, and family members can use the application on their phones to search for the location of the elderly. Elderly can use this phone by paying a monthly fee.
The liaison committee is set to exchange opinions, information and best practices on preventing and spotting dementia patients wandering on the street. Advocacy activities are also held by the Committee. District Offices, Police Stations, Fire Stations, Medical Institutions and related regional organizations form the Liaison Committee. Older persons may contribute inputs to this committee.