According to the baseline assessment conducted by Tsuen Wan District in 2016 with reference to the eight Age-friendly City (AFC) domains recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), “Housing” was identified as the second most important area for support by district residents. Most respondents indicated that they wanted access to home modification options to improve the age-friendliness of their housing. What particularly worried them was the cost of improvement works that they could not afford. The lack of access to relevant information regarding housing improvement also added to their concerns.
To address these findings, a district-based program entitled “Jockey Club Age-Friendly City Project – Housing Improvement and Care Scheme for the Elderly in Tsuen Wan” was implemented to improve the living environment of older district residents through minor renovations or installation of home features that improved their accessibility. Funded with a subsidy of HKD359,700 provided by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the program was a joint effort of the Working Group on Age-friendly Community and Rehabilitation under the Social Services and Community Information Committee of Tsuen Wan District Council, Tsuen Wan Kwai Ching District Women’s Association, and Longevity Design House, a social enterprise focused on age-friendly housing design.
Three hundred households joined the scheme, and participants could choose one of six home modification options. Younger and older volunteers conducted home visits and provided follow-up assistance in monitoring the impact of home modifications. The breakdown of chosen home modifications is:
Installation of a grab bar: 113
Replacement of 4 compact fluorescent light-bulbs/ fluorescent tubes : 111
Installation of a raised toilet seat: 49
Lighting installation (surface-mounted): 18
Adjustment of television antenna and signals tuning: 0
Wall re-painting: 9
Main target group: Older people in general
Desired outcome for older people:
Meet their basic needs
- Ageing in place
- Intergenerational activities
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