Skip to main content
Social Welfare Department | Graphical version | 純文字繁體中文版 | 純文字簡體中文版 | Font Size: -A | A | +A

BackgroundLeaflet of Standardised Care Need Assessment Mechanism

Since November 2000, the Social Welfare Department has implemented the Standardised Care Need Assessment Mechanism for Elderly Services. Under the Mechanism, an internationally recognised assessment tool, Minimum Data Set-Home Care (MDS-HC) is adopted to ascertain the care needs of elders and match them with appropriate services. With the implementation of the Central Waiting List for subsidised long term care services, the Mechanism has since November 2003 been extended to cover eligibility screening for applications for long term care services.

The Mechanism covers applications for admission to care-and-attention homes, nursing homes, day care centres for the elderly, enhanced home and community care services, and integrated home care services (frail cases). Assessors under the Mechanism are professionals from various disciplines such as social workers, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. They are required to go through training and accreditation on the use of the assessment tool. The five multi-disciplinary Standardised Care Need Assessment Management Offices (Elderly Services) [SCNAMO(ES)s] in the regions of Hong Kong, East Kowloon, West Kowloon, New Territories East and New Territories West are monitoring the operations of the Mechanism.

Updated Standardised Care Need Assessment Mechanism for Elderly Services

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has commissioned the Sau Po Centre on Ageing (CoA) of The University of Hong Kong since 2013 to update the Standardised Care Need Assessment Mechanism for Elderly Services (SCNAMES) to better assess and identify the various long term care (LTC) needs of the elderly, and to enhance the service matching system.  In the course of the Enhancement Project, the CoA has engaged stakeholders through different channels to collect views, and analysed a vast amount of data to refine the SCNAMES.  The updated SCNAMES has been implemented since 2 July 2021.

Please click the icons below for statistics on 'Number of Referrals Received for Assessments', 'Number of Assessments Completed', 'Appeal / Pre-appeal Mediation', 'Number of Accredited Assessors'
PDF Document (Acrobat Document) Word Document (MSWord Document) . 

Please click here to download the information leaflet for more information about the Standardised Care Need Assessment Mechanism for Elderly Services
PDF Document (Acrobat Document)  Word Document (MSWord Document)

Please call our Hotline (2343 2255) or send e-mail to for enquiry.






The Brand Hong Kong | GovHK
Sitemap |  Important Notice | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
©2005 Social Welfare Department, HKSAR