In a densely populated city like Hong Kong, living space is naturally limited. However, so long as we are willing to keep our home clutter-free and our wardrobes free of clothes that we no longer wear, the space in which we live can be sufficient indeed.
For those who are approaching their "Green Age (綠齡)", lives would be different one way or another after retirement. Many of them may move into smaller flats or have their homes modified to make it easier for future maintenance and to save living expenses. To facilitate the design and renovation of homes that are suitable for elderly persons, we provide some Principles and Guidelines for Design with useful Illustrations and Videos for reference to users and their designers/contractors.
The “Age-friendly Home” website set up by the Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) showcases Furniture and Aids [Chinese only] designed for elderly persons, and delivers the latest News on age-friendly products and designs. In addition, the “Test 'your' home” section helps the elderly and caregivers to evaluate the age-friendliness of their homes. Under the Building Maintenance Grant Scheme for Elderly Owners, a maximum grant of $40,000 is available for each eligible elderly owner-occupier over a period of five years.
There are Social Enterprises and Voluntary Agencies which provide home modification service for the elderly in need. These organisations obtain recyclable construction materials from socially responsible developers to build elderly-friendly homes, in addition to helping the elderly to apply for the relevant subsidies.
Professionals with expertise and experience in elderly home design are welcome to provide us with reference materials, photographs and real-life examples.