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Roundtable on the Elderly Social Housing and Community Care

Elderly Service – Seminar      2017/04/24

The aging population in Hong Kong is growing rapidly. While the general public is concerned mainly with the shortage of provision of government-subsidized residential care home and the waiting time, majority of the elderly population in Hong Kong would like to be “ageing in place”. Actually, the government gives policy priority to “ageing in place”, and social service organizations also strongly advocate that the government should establish a robust care network in the community. There is still a plenty of room for improvement in terms of community care system in Hong Kong. What are the other possible methods to provide better elderly housing and care in the community?

Recently, the cohousing experience of intergenerational elderly home in the Netherlands is widely shared in Hong Kong. Through offering the youth with a free accommodation as an incentive this elderly home recruits the youth to provide supporting services, thereby also fostering cross-generation cohesion. Apart from this, non-profit enterprises in the Netherlands also provide other types of accommodation and medial support service for those elderly living in the community, or those just discharged from the hospital. This experience may be of reference value to Hong Kong. In view of this, our Council has invited Drs. Gea Sijkpes MBA, Director & CEO of Humanitas from Netherlands, Mr Daniel Lau, Director (Development & Marketing), the Hong Kong housing Society, Ms Bella Luk, Executive Director of the Helping Hand, and Mr. Sham Ka Hung, Joe, Assistant Director of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council to share their modes of the elderly housing and care. The roundtable is expected to stimulate participants to think about alternative modes of elderly housing and care in order to achieve the goal of aging in place. Topics as follows: 

1. Care in Social Housing, Intergenerational Home and Community Care Approach
Drs. Gea Sijkpes MBA, Director & CEO of Humanitas

2. Elderly Housing with Mode of Care
Mr Daniel Lau, Director (Development & Marketing), the Hong Kong Housing Society

3. Elderly Co-housing and its Link to the Community 
Ms. Bella, Luk, Executive Director, the Helping Hand

4. Connectivity : Essence for a Home more than a Home
Mr. Sham Ka Hung, Joe, Assistant Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council

Date : 24th April, 2017 (Monday)
Time : 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Venue : Room 103, Duke of Windsor Social Service Bldg., 15 Hennessy Rd., Wanchai
Audience : Agency members and service user
Quota : 40 persons
Language : Cantonese & English 
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Please register online or complete and return this form to Mr Charles Ho by fax (Fax No. 2864 2999) or by email on or before April 20, 2017 (Thursday). 

Apart from our roundtable, another related talk called Ageing and Dementia Care is organized by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Asia Week Hong Kong on 25th April, 2017, at 6:30pm, in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The details of the event can be found in the following homepage -

For enquiries, please contact Mr. Charles Ho, Officer, Policy Research and Advocacy (Social Development) at or 2864 2961.