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Ageing in Hong Kong? Study on Local Elderly Housing and Multi-generational Living in Future

up for it. “I don’t have any children, so there is no one to pass my assets to anyway,” resident Lam said.19

Supporting facilities are located on the first few levels, which includes a polyclinic, rehabilitation centre, fitness room, libraries, hobby rooms, swimming pool, and podium gardens. Elderly nursing homes are also included so that a tenant can stay within the community even when he/she is too frail to live independently.20 Residents enjoy free basic care arrangements such as EAS, basic medical care, routine concern calls and healthy lifestyle consultation. Under a user-pays principle, they can also acquire additional services like private nurse care, catering and personal care.21 For some elderly people, it seems risky to invest a large sum of money without getting property ownership in return. However, when comparing this with renting a private flat monthly for around HKD8000 (£640) without receiving any care services, the SEN housing is a good alternative for the middle-class who pay the most taxes while receiving fewest welfare benefits. More than 300 applicants are currently on waiting list for the 576 homes, even though the annual turnover rate is only about 4%.22

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Ageing in Hong Kong? Study on Local Elderly Housing & Multi-generational Living in Future

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