HONG KONG, June 2, 2015 – The latest unfortunate incident of the maltreatment of an eldercare home should force us to rethink our conventional approach of elderly care. We should focus more on professionalising aging-in-place instead of just relying on old-age-homes and domestic helpers.
Elderly people often have to wait for years before obtaining the so-called “subsidized beds” in old-age-homes. Many of them literally could not outlast the wait as more than 5,000 elderly people died while waiting to entre care-homes. With the aging population, this number is like to go up in the coming decade. There are high-end old-age-homes available to the privileged few as the monthly fees can often go above HK$30,000, effectively pricing the bulk of the senior population out of the picture.
In the last fiscal year, the government spent close to HK$6 billion on elderly services. While the Social Welfare Department funds numerous community home-care services throughout the territory, the se... [Read More...]