Home is life's last bulwark. After retirement, one spends more time at home but begins to realise that the home environment is not as user-friendly or safe as first meets the eye. Even a minor home accident may result in the need for long-term care.
The topic of “Home” in this portal aims to raise awareness among those who are just stepping into their sixties – the so-called "Green Age (綠齡)" of matters pertaining to Home Safety
that need to be addressed or improved upon. Home safety refers not only to the physical layout of our home environment, but also what we can do to avoid accidents in our daily Living Habits
. This page provides some Home Tools
which will make household work easier and less accident-prone.
As the population ages, some advanced nations have adopted wheelchair accessibility as the standard for the approval of building plans. This standard provides a good reference for creating a living environment suitable for the Green Age and the elderly family members. In Home Design
, we set out the Principles of Universal Design
which have been widely used for designing homes for elderly persons and the wheelchair-bound. We also provide some cases as Illustrations
of how these principles can be applied. The information can be taken as reference in your discussion with a designer or contractor on adopting the Universal Design principles in your home renovation.
To enjoy life after retirement, it is most desirable for us to live at home with our families. However, Home Care
for the elderly is very physically and mentally demanding. There is a wide range of Home Care Services for the Elderly
in Hong Kong which cater for elderly persons wishing to be looked after by family members at home. Such services range from general medical care to professional nursing care.
In some cases, where an elderly person's condition has reached a stage that requires the kind of constant intensive nursing care that cannot be offered by family members or in a home environment, there may be a need to opt for Residential Care
on a short or long-term basis. In these cases, one may consider choosing Residential Care Homes for the Elderly
or Respite Service for Elderly Persons
, for examples.
All readers and carers are welcome to share their experiences in our Discussion Forum
. Anyone who wishes to seek advice or assistance may Contact Us.
We may refer such requests to our Partnering Organisations
who have the relevant expertise.