Date
12 December 2017
An elderly woman collects cardboard for recycling in Hong Kong. The city has long waiting lists for subsidized residential care. Photo: AFP
An elderly woman collects cardboard for recycling in Hong Kong. The city has long waiting lists for subsidized residential care. Photo: AFP

Room to move for HK elderly in Shenzhen

About a third of Hong Kong’s population is expected to be over the age of 65 by 2050 but already there are long waiting lists for subsidized residential care.

The problem is worsened by a shortage of land so the city is testing a new solution to ease the squeeze on places and space.

The Financial Times reported Monday that the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation has opened a care home across the border in Shenzhen, offering 400 places for senior citizens willing to make the move to roomier Guangdong.

The government has almost 30,000 elderly on its waiting list but the take-up of mainland residential places by Hong Kong residents has so far been relatively low, the report said.

For some, the Shenzhen option opens new horizons; for others, it’s too late to make the move.

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