Hong Kong Policymakers Encouraging Technology Use in Elderly Care Homes

Published by , July 23, 2018 1:37 pm

(SouthChinaMorningPost) Policymakers in Hong Kong are bracing for a silver tsunami. By 2041, almost one in three people in Hong Kong will be aged 65 or above, up from just 16 per cent last year.
The government is encouraging the use of technology in elderly care homes and has earmarked HK$1 billion (US$127 million) to subsidise the procurement of such products. The effort will start in the fourth quarter of this year.
Robotics technology could ease the shortage of carers – 32,048 people were employed in the residential care service industry as of March this year, but there were still 2,884 vacancies. Kenneth Chan Chi-yuk, former chairman of the Elderly Services Association, said many elderly care homes offered HK$100 an hour but still could not recruit enough carers.

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