A review of non-residential support services for the elderly in public housing estates

Cheung Ming, Alfred CHAN, Sheng Kun Hui Dioscesan Welfare Council

Copyright © 1990 Hong Kong Association of Gerontology


Growing old is a rather difficult time in Hong Kong. The elderly are likely to suffer from ill health, likely to be poor financially, likely to live in poor housing conditions, likely to be isolated, and in general more vulnerable to suffer from a wide range of social problems including being abused by their own family. The worst part perhaps is that they themselves feel unable to make changes. And when the elderly is put into a public housing estate, the situation is likely to be even worse in view of the existing arrangement of non-residential support services for the elderly. This paper, through its review on the existin9 services, attempts to highlight the inadequacy and irrelevance of these services to those elderly living in public housing estates. Services under review include medical and health, income support, social arid recreational support including personal social services, housing, education and other support services.