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Pilot Scheme on Training for Foreign Domestic Helpers on Elderly Care
$d Introduction
  Foreign domestic helpers are playing a major role in caring for the elderly persons in a number of families.  With the support of the Lotteries Fund, the Social Welfare Department (SWD) implements a 18-month Pilot Scheme on Training for Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDHs) on Elderly Care (the Pilot Scheme) in 2018 to strengthen the skills of FDHs in taking care of frail elderly persons, so as to enhance the elderly persons' quality of life in the community and support ageing in place for them.
$d Objectives
  $d To equip FDHs with basic knowledge and skills for providing care for frail elderly persons;
  $d To train FDHs to support elderly persons in adopting healthy lifestyles and reducing their health risk factors; and
To enhance elderly persons’ quality of life in the community through better support from their employed FDHs who are equipped with elderly caregiving skills.
$d Target
  $d Hired FDHs who are / will be taking care of elderly persons.  A total of 300 free training places will be provided.
  $d All FDHs participating in the Pilot Scheme must have employers’ recommendations / permission, and the employers concerned are to take out employees' compensation insurance policies as statutorily required.
$d Scope of Service
The SWD, Department of Health (DH) and District Elderly Community Centres (DECCs) under non-governmental organisations jointly implement the Pilot Scheme in Wan Chai, Kowloon City and Tsuen Wan Districts.
  $d The training course is held from the second quarter of 2018 to the third quarter of 2019.
The training mainly covers 11-hour common topics in elderly care and care skills, and includes 4 electives on caring for elderly persons with dementia and stroke.
The trainers of the Pilot Scheme include nurses, dieticians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists from DH.  The training will be conducted in Cantonese or English (If necessary, interpretation service in Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, and Thai could be arranged in classes).  The training materials will be available in Chinese, English,Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia and Thai.
  $d Upon successful completion of the training, FDHs will be awarded an attendance certificate.
  $d To encourage FDHs’ participation, the DECCs will arrange care services or activities for the needy elderly persons when the training is being conducted.
$d Content of Training Course
  The training course comprises 8 core and 4 elective modules.  Upon completion of training on core modules, interested FDHs can also enroll the elective modules. The content of training course includes:
Core Modules (total of 11 hours)
    A.  Assisting elders with feeding and taking medicines             
    B. Fall prevention
    C. First aid
    D. Food hygiene and healthy meal arrangement for the elderly
    E. Mental health of elders and detection of warning signs
    F. Bathing and oral care for the elderly
    G. Vital signs observation and skills in measuring blood pressure, body temperature and blood sugar
    H. Assist elders with mild mobility impairment in transferring positions
Elective Modules (1-2 hours each)
    I. Meal arrangements for elders with dementia
    J. Communicating with the elderly persons with dementia
    K. Managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)
    L. Caring for elderly persons with stroke
$d Course Schedule of Core Modules
  The course schedule of core modules from January to May 2019 can be downloaded here:
  $d (Acrobat Document)
  Remark: The course schedule may be subject to change in view of the enrollment situation and updated in due course.  For the details of class arrangement of elective modules, please contact participating DECCs for enquiry.
$d  Enrollment
  Interested employers and FDHs may contact participating DECCs directly.
1 Wan Chai Methodist Centre for the Seniors
Address 2/F, 211 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel. 2527 4123 Fax 2834 2027
2 St. James’ Settlement Wan Chai District Elderly Community Centre
Address 1/F, 85 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel. 2835 4324 Fax 2834 7300
3 S.K.H Holy Carpenter Church District Elderly Community Centre
Address LG/F, 1 Dyer Avenue, Hung Hom, Kowloon
Tel. 3960 4309 Fax 2356 1997
4 Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Lok Man Alice Kwok Integrated Service Centre
Address G/F, Block H, Lok Man Sun Chun, 111 Ko Shan Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon
Tel. 2333 1854 Fax 2330 7589
5 Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Wong Cho Tong District Elderly Community Centre
Address G/F, TWGHs Wong Cho Tong Social Service Building, 39 Sheung Shing Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon
Tel. 2194 6566 Fax 2713 4377
6 Hong Kong Society for the Aged Tsuen Wan District Elderly Community Centre
Address Unit B, Ground  Floor, Vision City, No. 1 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan, N.T.
Tel. 2412 3651 Fax 2415 7014



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