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Day Respite Service


Respite services provide persons with disabilities living in the community with short-term day care.  They provide relief for carers so that they may take short-term breaks or attend to other matters when required.  They aim at encouraging and helping persons with disabilities to continue living in the community for as long as possible.

Day Respite Service is provided by Day Activity Centres / District Support Centres for Persons with Disabilities / Care and Attention Home for Severely Disabled Persons (DACs / DSCs / C&A/SDs). Users of day respite service do not need to be assessed under the Standardized Assessment Mechanism for Residential Services for People with Disabilities.  Besides, Day Respite Service is also provided by the Designated Day / Residential Respite Service (DD/RRS) under Bought Place Scheme (BPS) for Private Residential Care Home for Persons with Disabilities. For details please click here.

Eligibility for the Service

  • persons with intellectual disability and/ or physical disability;
  • 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 Provision

  • the service provision should be no more than 14 consecutive days in general, subject to the vacancies available in individual service units;
  • service can be utilised repeatedly; and
  • the service units concerned may have the discretion to extend the service provision 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 UnitService hours
Day Activity CentreMonday to Friday
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m
District Support Centre for Persons with DisabilitiesMonday to Friday
from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Care and Attention Home for Severely Disabled PersonsMonday to Friday
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Some service units provide day respite service on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Please pay attention to the service hours of the respective units to meet your needs.

Application Procedures

  • Persons with disabilities or their carers can approach DACs / DSCs / C&A/SDs direct for enquiry and application.  Applicants may also request referrals through 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.
  • 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, the general fee charging rates of the service is:

Types of Service UnitExisting Hourly charge(Note 1)Meal fee (Note 2)
Day Activity Centre / District Support Centre for Persons with Disabilities / Care and Attention Home for Severely Disabled Persons$5.1$15 - $18 per meal

Note 1: With the prior approval from the SWD, individual service units may charge higher rates under individual circumstances.
Note 2: It is an incidental fee which is paid on need basis. This reference rates are applicable to Care and Attention Home for Severely Disabled Persons. Other service units may charge this incidental fee on actual reimbursement basis.

Information of Service Unit

Item / TitleDownload File
Day Respite ServicePDFWord
List of DD/RRS under BPSPDFWord

Click the link to SWD Vacancy Enquiry System for Respite Services / Emergency Placement for the availability of day respite place.