Residential respite service is a form of temporary or short-term residential care service for elders. It serves the objective of providing temporary relief for family members or relatives who are the main caregivers of elders requiring a certain degree of personal care whilst residing in the community. It aims at encouraging and helping elders to continue living in the community for as long as possible.
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Elders are considered eligible for residential respite service if they are:
- aged 60 or above;
- in need of short-term residential care so that family members or relatives as their main caregivers may take a break from providing the care on a long-term basis;
- physically and mentally fit for communal living;
- requiring a level of personal and nursing care corresponding to the admission criteria of the particular type of residential service; and
- to be taken back into care by the family upon expiry of the respite period.
Referrals for admission to residential respite service should be made by a social worker. Elderly persons or their families may approach casework service units (e.g. Integrated Family Service Centres, Medical Social Services Units, District Elderly Community Centres, Neighbourhood Elderly Centres, Social Centres for the Elderly, Day Care Centres/Units for the Elderly, Enhanced Home and Community Care Services Teams, Integrated Home Care Services Teams and Home Help Team) who will assess the elder's needs and make referrals to the residential care homes for the elderly or nursing homes concerned if considered suitable.
For elderly persons or their families in urgent need of Residential Respite Service for the Elderly during non-office hours, they may directly approach the service operator of private residential care homes for the elderly under the EBPS providing residential respite service for assistance. Non-office hours are (i) Monday to Saturday, from 5pm to 9am of the following day, and (ii) Sunday and Public Holidays, from 9am to 9am of the following day.
For any enquiry, please contact SWD Hotline at 2343 2255.
|Home-for-the-Aged places :
||$52 per day
|Care-and-Attention places :
||$62 per day
|Contract Home places :
||$62 per day
|Nursing Home places :
||$72 per day
For further details, you may read or download the following documents for reference :