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Community Care Fund extends "Pilot Scheme on Home Care and Support for Elderly Persons with Mild Impairment"
The following is issued on behalf of the Community Care Fund Secretariat:
     The Community Care Fund (CCF) today (December 1) announced the extension of the "Pilot Scheme on Home Care and Support for Elderly Persons with Mild Impairment" (Extended Pilot Scheme) for 25 months up to end-December 2022 under the current mode of operation. The Extended Pilot Scheme continues to be administered by the Social Welfare Department (SWD).
     This Pilot Scheme was launched in December 2017 with the aim of providing home care and support services for low-income elderly persons with mild impairment. The Extended Pilot Scheme will continue to adopt five co-payment categories on a sliding scale, and eligible elderly persons are required to co-pay an amount of the service value. The SWD will determine the amount of co-payment according to the monthly household income of the elderly persons. Moreover, elderly persons may choose to receive services on the basis of each meal or service hour according to their individual needs. To meet the actual service needs of elderly persons, the ceiling for the quantity of meal service per month is increased from 50 meals to 62 meals whereas the ceiling for the number of service hours for home services is increased from 12 hours to 15 hours. The Extended Pilot Scheme will continue to provide 4 000 service quota.
     Elderly beneficiaries shall meet the following criteria:
  • aged 60 or above;
  • living in the community;
  • assessed to be of mild impairment by the designated assessment tool;
  • waitlisting for the Integrated Home Care Services (Ordinary Cases) (IHCS(OC)); and
  • monthly household income must not be higher than a specified percentage of the Median Monthly Domestic Household Income (i.e. not exceeding 175 per cent for one-person households and not exceeding 150 per cent for two-or-more-person households).

     Those elderly persons waitlisting for IHCS(OC) will be invited to join the Extended Pilot Scheme. IHCS teams participating in the Extended Pilot Scheme will introduce the services of the Extended Pilot Scheme and conduct assessments for elderly persons who are interested in joining. They will also help eligible elderly persons to submit to the CCF Team of the SWD, by post or by hand, completed application forms together with copies of documentary proof of their identity for means tests. It is expected that eligible elderly persons may receive the services from December 2020 at the earliest. Elderly persons interested in joining the Extended Pilot Scheme may approach the relevant IHCS teams for enquiries.
     Details of the Extended Pilot Scheme can be found on the CCF website (www.communitycarefund.hk) or the SWD website (www.swd.gov.hk). For enquiries, members of the public may call the CCF Team of the SWD on 3422 3090 during office hours.
Ends/Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Issued at HKT 14:30
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