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- Residential Respite Service

Residential Respite Service

Service Description
It provides family members/carers of people with disabilities a planned short break so that they may attend to their personal business such as undergoing a medical operation or taking a vacation tour.  Its purpose is to make life for those involved in routine care for people with disabilities less stressful and more stimulating.  This service has been extended to serve children with disabilities aged from 6 to 15 since April 2008.

Eligibility for the Service
To be eligible for the service, an applicant should be:
people with intellectual or physical disability or ex-mentally ill persons;

aged 6 or above (individual service units will olny admit persons with disabilities aged 15 or above);

physically and mentally suitable for communal living and not suffering from behavioural problem or contagious disease; and

in need of a certain level of personal / nursing care not beyond the level provided by the particular type of residential service.

Service Period
Subject to the vacancies available in individual service units, the service period should be no more than 14 consecutive days in general;
service can be utilized repeatedly;
the service units concerned may have the discretion to extend the service period in exceptional cases.
Application Procedures
Application can be made by parents/carers themselves directly or via social workers of medical social services units, integrated family services centres, special schools or rehabilitation service units to the homes or hostels operating the residential respite service:
Applicants should complete a Declaration Form on Health Conditions for Admission to Residential Respite Service and the service unit may further request for medical examination if necessary.

Fees and Charges

Service charges are calculated on a daily basis depending on the type of hostel / home concerned / number of day(s) used and the subvention levels of the service. The general fee charging rates of the service are:


Existing daily charge for service users receiving Disability Allowance

Existing daily charge for service users not receiving Disability Allowance

Hostel for Moderately Mentally Handicapped Persons (HMMH)

$52 $49

Hostel for Severely Mentally Handicapped Persons (HSMH) /

Hostel for Severely Physically Handicapped Persons (HSPH) /

Hostel for Severely Physically Handicapped Persons with Mental Handicap (HSPH/MH)

$62 $55

Care and Attention Home for Severely Disabled Persons (C&A/SD)

$62 $55
Supported Hostel $33 $30

Note 1: With the prior approval from the Social Welfare Department, individual service units may charge higher rates under individual circumstances. 

List of Residential Respite Service
Addresses and telephone numbers can be downloaded here.
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Availability of Residential Respite Place