The Housing Society is committed to improving the tenants’ quality of life complementary to property management service. With a relatively higher rate of ageing population, we have extended the Ageing-in-Place (AIP) Scheme to all of our 20 rental estates since its launch in 2012. Through mobilising community participation, partnership with the government departments, welfare organisations, healthcare service providers as well as academics, a one-stop service and concern network for the elderly residents is established to fulfill their needs in housing, healthcare and social support, so as to help them age in place.
Most of the elderly prefers remaining at their familiar homes as long as they wish. Our Ageing-in-Place (AIP) scheme aims to promote elderly tenants’ well-being, resilience to health decline and avoid premature institutionalisation. Riding on the trusting relationship and nearby location, estate-based social workers proactively reach out to the needy elderly residents and line-up timely, accessible, affordable and appropriate services for them.
AIP scheme is a large-scale pioneer and self-financed service to enable our elderly residents to age in place. To analyse its service effectiveness and social impact, HKHS has commissioned the universities and professional institutes to carry out various evaluative studies at our rental estates. The results were well acknowledged in terms of its favourable outcomes and sustainability.
i) Reduction in intention for institutional care, falls, A&E service use and percentage of elder residents with clinically significant depressive symptoms; and
ii) Increasing satisfaction with living environment, community care services utilization, participation in active aging activities and percentage of elder residents with unimpaired cognitive performance.
Result: HK$4.8 of social value generated for every HK$ 1 invested in the AIP Scheme, that bring significant benefits to the elderlies, their families, as well as the society as a whole.
Our achievement is well recognised by various international and local awards.