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- Day Respite Service

Day Respite Service

Service Description
It provides support and temporary daytime relief for family members or carers of persons with disabilities who are unable to take care of the persons with disabilities due to various commitments and sudden engagements.  Its purpose is to make life for those involved in routine care for the persons with disabilities less stressful and more stimulating.

Eligibility for the Service
To be eligible for the service, an applicant should be:
people with mental and/or physical handicap;
aged 6 or above (individual service units will only admit persons with disabilities aged 15 or above);
physically and mentally suitable for communal living and not having behavioural problem or contagious disease; and
in need of a certain level of personal / or nursing care as well as training not beyond the level provided by the particular type of service unit.
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 utilised repeatedly; and
the service units concerned may have the discretion to extend the service period in exceptional cases.
Service Hours
The service hours of Day Respite Service will be the same as the service hours of respective service centres.

Types of Service Unit

Service hours

Day Activity Centre

Monday to Friday
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

District Support Centre for Persons with Disabilities

Monday to Friday
from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Care and Attention Home for
Severely Disabled Persons

Monday to Friday
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Application Procedures
Application can be made by parents / carers directly or via social workers of medical social services units, integrated family services centres, special schools or rehabilitation service units to the service units operating the day respite service; and
Applicants should complete a Declaration Form on Health Conditions for Admission to Day Respite Service and the service unit may further request the applicant to have medical examination as necessary.
Fees and Charges
Service charges are calculated on an hourly basis depending on the number of hour(s) of service to be used.

The general fee charging rates of the service is:

Types of Service Unit

Hourly charge
(Note 1)

Meal fee
(Note 1)

Day Activity Centre /
District Support Centre for Persons with Disabilities /
Care and Attention Home for
Severely Disabled Persons


$15 - $18
per meal

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

List of Day Respite Service
Addresses and telephone numbers can be downloaded here.
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