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Home Care Service for Persons with Severe Disabilities extends to all districts

     The Social Welfare Department (SWD) will regularise the Home Care Service for Persons with Severe Disabilities (HCS) from next month and extend it to the severely disabled in all districts in Hong Kong, irrespective of whether they are on the waiting list for subvented residential care services.

     The SWD launched the three-year Pilot Scheme on Home Care Service for Persons with Severe Disabilities in March 2011 to provide a package of home-based care services for persons with severe disabilities on the waiting list for subvented residential care services living in Kwun Tong, Wong Tai Sin, Kwai Tsing and Tuen Mun.

     An SWD spokesman today (February 28) said that in view of the effectiveness of the pilot scheme in achieving its set objectives, the department had decided to regularise the HCS upon the expiry of the scheme with a recurrent funding of about $200 million per year. The service will comprise personal care and escort service, nursing care and occupational and physiotherapy rehabilitation training which aim to facilitate social integration of persons with severe disabilities in the community and to release the burden of their family members or carers.

     The target service users, the spokesman said, shall include persons with severe disabilities who are on the waiting list for subvented residential care service of hostels for the severely physically handicapped, hostels for the severely mentally handicapped or care and attention homes for severely disabled persons; and those with severe disabilities assessed to be eligible for the service in accordance with the Assessment Tool for HCS. Persons with severe disabilities attending special schools as well as family members or carers of the above-mentioned persons with disabilities are also eligible users.

     The service will be provided by the following six non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the districts specified below:

Regional    Areas of       NGO             Contact
clusters    service        operators       telephone

Hong Kong   Central,       Tung Wah        2803 2103
            Western,       Group of
            Southern       Hospitals
            and Islands;
            Eastern; and
            Wan Chai

Kowloon (1) Kowloon City   Yang Memorial   2337 9966
            and Yau Tsim   Methodist
            Mong;          Social Service
            Sham Shui Po;
            Tseung Kwan O

Kowloon (2) Kwun Tong and Christian Family 3996 8515
            Wong Tai Sin   Service Centre

New         Sha Tin;       SAHK            2602 8900
Territories Tai Po and
(1)         North;
            and Sai Kung

New         Tsuen Wan,     Po Leung Kuk    2486 3888
Territories Yuen Long
(2)         and Tin Shui

New         Tuen Mun,   The Neighbour-  2618 0411
Territories Kwai Chung  hood Advice-
(3)         and Tsing   Action Council

     People eligible for the service can either approach the above-mentioned NGO operators or apply for the service through social workers. For further service information, please call the NGO operators concerned direct or browse the SWD homepage (

Ends/Friday, February 28, 2014
Issued at HKT 15:16


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