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- Licensing Scheme for Residential Care Homes for the Elderly

Licensing Scheme for Residential Care Homes for the Elderly

  

The Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) Ordinance (Chapter 459, Laws of Hong Kong)
 
 

The Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) Ordinance (Chapter 459, Laws of Hong Kong) (the Ordinance) and the Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) Regulation (Chapter 459 Subsidiary Legislation) were fully implemented on 1 June 1996. The Ordinance provides for the control of residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs) through a licensing system administered by the Director of Social Welfare, to ensure that the residents of RCHEs receive services of acceptable standards physically, emotionally and socially.

Any person who operates, keeps, manages or in any other way has control of a residential care home for the elderly without a valid licence commits an offence. The maximum penalty on conviction is a fine at level 6 ($100,000 at present) and imprisonment for two years, and in the case of a continuing offence, a further fine of $10,000 for each day can be imposed.

 
 
Licensing-related Information of RCHEs
 
  Licences
 
 
$d     Subvented and Contract Homes Providing Subsidised Places
$d     Self-financing Homes and Contract Homes Providing Non-subsidised Places
$d     Private Homes Participating in the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme
$d     Private Homes
 
  Records of Conviction, Warning and Cancellation or Refusal to Renew Licence
 
 
$d     Conviction Records of RCHEs
$d     Warning Records of RCHEs
$d     Records of Cancellation or Refusal to Renew Licence of RCHEs
 
 
Lists of RCHEs
 
 
$d     Lists of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly
 
 
Circular Letters and/or Guidelines issued by the Licensing Office of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly
 
 
$d     Management Letter
 
 
Ordinance, Regulation and Code of Practice
 
 
$d   The Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) Ordinance, Cap. 459
$d   The Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) Regulation, Cap. 459A
$d   Code of Practice for Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) (PDF Document)
$d   Code of Practice for Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) - Annexes (PDF Document)
 
 
Relevant Forms/Pamphlets
 
 
Category Name of the Form/Pamphlet Download
Application for
a Licence
How to Apply for a Licence under the Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) Ordinance
 
Licensing Office of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly - Scope of Service
Application for RCHE Licence   PDF Document
MS Word Document MS Word Document
Guidance Notes on Submission of Floor Plans   PDF Document
Certificate of Compliance / Completion for Gas Installation   PDF Document
Word Document MS Word Document
Choosing Suitable Premises for Operating an RCHE (Chinese Version Only)   PDF Document
Guideline/
Guidance Notes
Guidelines on Drug Management in Residential Care Homes 2018, Chapter 1 - 3 (Chinese Version Only)   PDF Document
Guidelines on Drug Management in Residential Care Homes 2018, Chapter 4 - 6 (Chinese Version Only)   PDF Document
Powerpoint for the Briefing on Guidelines on Drug Management in Residential Care Homes 2018 (Chinese Version Only)   PDF Document
Guidelines on Prevention of Communicable Diseases in Residential Care Homes for the Elderly
 
 
Health Worker Training Course
 
  According to section 4 of  the Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) Regulation, a person who has completed a course of training approved by the Director of Social Welfare in writing is qualified to be registered as a health worker for the purposes of employment at a residential care homes for the elderly.
 
 
Information/Form Download
Training Courses for Health Worker in Residential Care Homes for the Elderly and Combined Health Worker Training Courses Approved by Director of Social Welfare (as at 1 August 2019)   PDF Document
Application Form for Health Worker Training Course (Only Chinese version is available) Word 文件 MS Word Document
Minimum Entry Requirements for Health Worker Training Course (Only Chinese version is available)   PDF Document
Information Brief on Registration of Health Workers   PDF Document
Application Form for Registration as a Health Worker   PDF Document
Brief on Application for Health Worker Registration (Only Chinese version is available)   PDF Document
Application Form submitted by Training Institutes (Only Chinese version is available)   PDF Document
Word 文件 MS Word Document
Data Updating Form for Register for Health Worker (Only Chinese version is available)   PDF Document
Application for Renewal / Replacement of Health Worker Registration Certificate (Only Chinese version is available)   PDF Document
Authorization letter for collecting Health Worker Registration Certificate (Only Chinese version is available)   PDF Document
 
 
Certificate in Progression Training for Care Workers
   
  Any person who has successfully completed the following training programme is qualified for entry to the Health Worker Training Course approved by the Social Welfare Department.
   
 
Information/Form Download
Certificate in Progression Training for Care Workers (as at 1 August 2019)   PDF Document
   
   
Licensing Office of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly (LORCHE)
 
  For any enquiry, suggestion or complaint about the service of RCHEs, please contact LORCHE at the following office hours:
 
  Office Hours
  Monday to Friday :
      8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday
 
  Means of Contact
 
Address Room 2354, 23/F., Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel. No. 2961 7211 or 2834 7414
Fax No. 2574 4176 or 3106 3058
Email lorcheenq@swd.gov.hk