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Pilot Scheme on Training for Foreign Domestic Helpers in Elderly Care


  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 the Pilot Scheme on Training for Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDHs) in 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.


  To equip FDHs with basic knowledge and skills for providing care for frail elderly persons;
  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.


  Hired FDHs who are / will be taking care of frail elderly persons. 
  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.

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 Eastern, Wan Chai, Kwun Tong, Kowloon City, Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun Districts.
  The training courses will be held from September 2019 till September 2021.  A total of 950 free training places will be provided.
The training mainly covers 12-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 Indonesian, and Thai could be arranged in classes).  The training materials will be available in Chinese, English,Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesian and Thai.
  Upon successful completion of the training, FDHs will be awarded an attendance certificate.
  To encourage FDHs’ participation, the DECCs will arrange care services or activities for the needy elderly persons when the training is being conducted.

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 12 hours)

    A.  Assisting elderly persons with feeding and taking medicines             
    B. Fall prevention
    C. First aid
    D. Food hygiene and healthy meal arrangement for the elderly persons
    E. Mental health of elderly persons and detection of warning signs
    F. Bathing and oral care for the elderly persons
    G. Vital signs observation and skills in measuring blood pressure, body temperature and blood sugar
    H. Assisting elderly persons with mild mobility impairment in transferring positions

Elective Modules (1-2 hours each)

    I. Meal arrangements for elderly persons with dementia
    J. Communicating with elderly persons with dementia
    K. Managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)
    L. Caring for elderly persons with stroke

Course Schedule of Core Modules

  Course Schedule of Core Modules from October 2021 to March 2022
PDF Document (Acrobat Document)

*Course Schedule is subject to the latest announcement of the Centre.


  Interested employers and FDHs may contact participating DECCs directly.

PDF Document (Acrobat Document Ms Excel Document (MS Excel Document)

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