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- Introduction

Community Support Services for the Elderly

Community support services assist elderly people to remain living in the community for as long as possible. These services also give support to carers. With increasing diversity of community support services for the elders, a more integrated approach to facilitate access to services is adopted. In brief, there are three types of community support services for the elders, namely: elderly centre services, community care services and other support services.
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Elderly Centre Services

The objectives of elderly centre services are to provide community support services for elders and their carers at district and neighbourhood levels, and to facilitate elders and their carers to receive multifarious services at centres in vicinity close to their homes. In the districts, various elderly centres would collaborate together and form strategic alliance with other stakeholders to provide appropriate support services for the elders and to build up a caring community for them.
Elderly Centre Services include:
   District Elderly Community Centre (DECC)
   Support Team for the Elderly (STE)
   Neighbourhood Elderly Centre (NEC)
   Social Centre for the Elderly (S/E)

Community Care Services for the Elderly

Community Care Services aim to provide personal care, nursing care, rehabilitation training and social activities in a familiar home and community environment to the frail elderly person who cannot receive care from their family members during day-time.
Community Care Services include:
   Day Care Centre/Unit for the Elderly (DE)
   Day Respite Service for the Elders
   Enhanced Home and Community Care Services (EHCCS)
   Integrated Home Care Services (IHCS)

Other Community Support Services

On top of the above-mentioned elderly centre services and community care services, there are also other community support services in the community to enable elders to enjoy their life in the community, to develop their potentials and to continue with their contributing role in the society.
Other Community Support Services includes:
   Senior Citizen Card Scheme
   Opportunities for the Elderly Project
   Carer Support Service
   Holiday Centre for the Elderly