Hong Kong permanent residents above the age of 65 are automatically eligible for some of the following allowances or subsides, so as to alleviate financial pressures caused by a lack of a stable income; one can also receive help in an extraordinary or emergency situation.
Additionally, Hong Kong residents above the age of 65 can apply for a Senior Citizen Card. With it, cardholders can enjoy a $2 special fare for transportations, as well as benefits or priority treatment by selected shops or organizations. They may also receive certain subsidized vaccines for free.
(Last updated: 27.3.2020)
|Overview of Allowance and Subsidies for the Elderly|
Senior Citizen Card
It provides a generally recognized proof of age to elders so as to facilitate their access to concessions, discounts or priority services offered by Government departments, public companies, private and commercial establishments.
|Eligible Applicants :||Hong Kong residents aged 65 or above.|
|Supporting Documents Required:||Completed application form,full-faced photograph and copy of HK Smart Identity Card.|
|Application Fee:||Issue of the first Card is free. However, a nominal fee will be charged for replacement.|
|Latest Concession:||Government Department, Transport, Public Utilities, Banking, Chinese Medicine, Clinic, Continuing Education, Dental clinic, Entertainment, Rehabilitative Equipment, Restaurant, Shopping, Supermarket, Tourism, Organisation and companies by districts and Others|
|Senior Citizen Card Office:||
Address: Room 2204, 22/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
Tel : 3583 2959
|CSSA (Rates from 1st February 2019)|
|Category||Amount of standard rates per month (HK$)|
|Single person||Family member|
|Elderly person aged 65 or above|
|Requiring constant attendance||$6,095||$5,590|
|Social Security Allowance Scheme|
|Types of Allowance||Amount per month (HK$)|
|Old Age Allowance (Fruit Money)||$1,385|
|Normal Disability Allowance||$1,770|
|Higher Disability Allowance||$3,540|
Higher Old Age Living Allowance
Normal Old Age Living Allowance
|Elderly Health Care Voucher Scheme||$2,000|
|Community Care Service Voucher (Second Phase of the Pilot Scheme)||According to the 2019-20 price level: the monthly values are $9,600, $8,150, $7,260, $5,810 and $4,020|
|$2 concessionary fare per trip scheme||$2 per trip|
|Pilot Scheme on Living Allowance for Carers of Elderly Persons from Low Income Families Phase III|
|Community Care Fund Elderly Dental Assistance||Free of charge|
|Government Vaccination Programme (GVP)||Free of charge|
|Building Maintenance Grant Scheme for Elderly Owners||Maximum grant $40,000|
|Subsidy for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Recipients Living in Rented Private Housing||
$4,000(families of 2 persons or above)
Po Leung Kuk Medical Assistant Fund
||The maximum amount to be granted to an applicant within 12 months is $60,000|
Po Leung Kuk Charity Fund for the Disadvantaged
||The maximum amount of grant by the Fund for each application would be HK$6,000|
Po Leung Kuk Raymond Siu Memorial Medical Assistance Fund
||Cancer patients can be granted $4,000 once in their lifetime|
||Amount granted depends on applicant's financial situation|
|Yan Chai Emergency Assistance Fund||Areas covered by the Fund include: funeral assistance, living assistance, rent assistance, tuition fee assistance, rehabilitation assistance, home assistance, medical assistance and disaster relief|
Yan Chai Tetraplegic Fund
||Categories of assistance include: purchase of medical/rehabilitation appliances, personal helper subsidy, subsidy for medical consumable items etc.|
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