Ageing-in-Place Scheme

Housing with Care for the Elderly

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.

Ageing-in-Place Scheme

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.

5 Domains of Service

  • Home Safety: Conducting home environment assessments, home modification and remodeling where necessary with occupational therapists;
  • Healthiness: Networking rehabilitation and health-related services to promote health and chronic illnesses management;
  • Autonomy: Promoting fall-prevention exercises and strengthening physical condition;
  • Happiness: Organising activities to promote happy ageing and mental wellness;
  • Abled Brain: Conducting training to prevent cognitive decline.

AIP Service Achievement (4/2014-9/2018)

  • Extended to all 20 of our HKHS rental estates
  • About 492,130 elderly tenants (frequency) served
  • More than 3,533 home modification assessments carried out
  • 67,590 health assessments conducted
  • Over 6,316 cases referred for follow-up since launch
  • Over 280 organisations engaged since launch

Service Effectiveness and Social Impact Analysis

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.

  • 7/2014 - 7/2018: The Longitudinal Study on AIP Scheme at HKHS Rental Estates: 4-Year Outcome, conducted by Sau Po Centre on Ageing of the University of Hong Kong.

    Final Result:
    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.

  • 2017-2018: A Social Return on Investment (SROI) study on AIP Scheme at HKHS Rental Estates, conducted by Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts

    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.

Awards and Recognition

Our achievement is well recognised by various international and local awards.

  • 12/2018: The awardee of “Social Capital Builder Logo Award” in the Social Capital Builder (SCB) Awards 2018-2020, presented by the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund (CIIF) of the Labour and Welfare Bureau, Hong Kong
  • 11/2018: The winner of “Gold Star Award” and “Sustainable Promotion Award” in Age-Friendly City Appreciation Scheme 2018-2019, presented by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service Hong Kong
  • 11/2017: The winner of “Top Ten Outstanding Services Award” in the 2017 Best Practice Awards in Social Welfare, presented by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Hong Kong.
  • 6/2017: The winner of “Gold Star Award” and “Special Award” in the Age-Friendly Appreciation Scheme 2016, presented by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Hong Kong.
  • 1/2017: The awardee of “Social Capital Builder Logo Award” in the Social Capital Builder (SCB) Awards 2016, presented by the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund (CIIF) of the Labor and Welfare Bureau, Hong Kong.
  • 4/2016: The finalist of “Best Approach to Support Ageing-in-Place” in the 4th APAC Eldercare innovation Awards, presented by the Ageing Asia Innovation Forum in Singapore.
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