Unusual Path To Ageing In Place


Unusual Path To Ageing In Place

Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Like those in other developed economies, Hong Kong people are living longer.  Social service support for older adults is gaining increasing traction, ranging from medical care to community participation.  Yet, housing support or home improvement for seniors is still rare in public discussion.

For many elderly members, their home is where they spend the most time .  Age-related declines in capabilities may compromise older people’s ability to respond to health and safety hazards in home environment, causing increased risk of home injuries and threatening ageing-in-place.

Recognising the growing demand for more personalised and preventive home support, ZeShan Foundation rolled out a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong in 2022.  In this 10-month pilot project, 100 home assessments will be conducted for older adults, with recommendations for home improvements and essential modifications.  More importantly, a new set of home assessment indicators will be tested and fine-tuned; and an effective home assessment and modification model will also be developed for the social service sector.

Through the partnership, ZeShan hopes to develop an alternative caring model to support the wider application of ageing-in-place in our home city, and also capturing empirical data on the age-friendliness of our housing stock.

Alexa Li
Assistant Program Manager
ZeShan Foundation

Project Home Works: Ageing-in-Place
Project Home Works Ageing-in-Place (Habitat For Humanity Hong Kong_modification_toilet
Project Home Works Ageing-in-Place (Habitat For Humanity Hong Kong)
Project Home Works Ageing-in-Place (Habitat For Humanity Hong Kong flashing doorbell
Installing a handrail in the bathroom to reduce fall risk
The pilot project provides support for older persons to age in place
Doorbell with light for older persons with hearing difficulties
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Project Home Works: Ageing-in-Place
Project Home Works Ageing-in-Place (Habitat For Humanity Hong Kong_modification_toilet
Project Home Works Ageing-in-Place (Habitat For Humanity Hong Kong)
Project Home Works Ageing-in-Place (Habitat For Humanity Hong Kong flashing doorbell
Installing a handrail in the bathroom to reduce fall risk
The pilot project provides support for older persons to age in place
Doorbell with light for older persons with hearing difficulties
PlayPause
previous arrowprevious arrow
next arrownext arrow
 

Like those in other developed economies, Hong Kong people are living longer.  Social service support for older adults is gaining increasing traction, ranging from medical care to community participation.  Yet, housing support or home improvement for seniors is still rare in public discussion.

For many elderly members, their home is where they spend the most time .  Age-related declines in capabilities may compromise older people’s ability to respond to health and safety hazards in home environment, causing increased risk of home injuries and threatening ageing-in-place.

Recognising the growing demand for more personalised and preventive home support, ZeShan Foundation rolled out a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong in 2022.  In this 10-month pilot project, 100 home assessments will be conducted for older adults, with recommendations for home improvements and essential modifications.  More importantly, a new set of home assessment indicators will be tested and fine-tuned; and an effective home assessment and modification model will also be developed for the social service sector.

Through the partnership, ZeShan hopes to develop an alternative caring model to support the wider application of ageing-in-place in our home city, and also capturing empirical data on the age-friendliness of our housing stock.

Alexa Li
Assistant Program Manager
ZeShan Foundation

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