YWCA Jockey Club Y Care (Sha Tau Kok) served elderly living in the frontier closed area
Supported by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the Association set up a new centre in Sha Tau Kok to provide one-stop services for the underprivileged elderly and their care-takers in the district. It provides an integration of healthcare, social support and day care services and aims at arousing awareness on health related issues, and introducing usage of fitness and mind training equipment among the elders. Our staff will also visit rural area nearby to promote health management and the importance of exercise. Day care services and home-based support allow elderly to be taken good care of while living in the original community. These services can also help the caregivers to shuffle off some of the burdens.
The Association was pleased to have Dr. Lam Ching Choi, BBS, JP, Chairman of Elderly Commission, Mr. Cheung Leong, Executive Director, Charities and Community of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Mr. Yam Mun Ho, District Social Welfare Officer (Tai Po & North District) of Social Welfare Department and Ms. Helena To, HKYWCA’s President to officiate at the launching cum thanksgiving ceremony, after which a group of elders and children demonstrated inter-generational harmony with a dancing performance that mixed elements from Hakka’s traditional song and custom with pop street dance.
YWCA Jockey Club Y Care (Sha Tau Kok) started service in the winter of 2018 and has gathered a group of regular service users. Three of them, aged 80 or above, were invited to share their opinions about the new centre during the ceremony. They pointed out that the once-a-week activities HKYWCA organised in Sha Tau Kok Community Hall were all they had in the past. Now, they can always visit the centre and enjoy a variety of programmes e.g. body check, medical treatment, and even different recreational activities to meet new friends and enjoy their golden age.
At last, the guests had a tour in the centre and tested a few gerontechnology products. They also visited the town of Sha Tau Kok and tried traditional Hakka snacks prepared by the elder volunteers to know more about the community.