The public engagement sessions of the Scoping Stage of the Elderly Services Programme Plan (ESPP) conducted by the Elderly Commission (EC) in October and November 2014 were completed. The purpose of this first stage was to open up the discussion on the subject and solicit as many views as possible for setting the scope of ESPP. Taking into account the opinions of the stakeholders and analysis of the Consultant Team, the EC determined the scope of ESPP and the major issues to be considered in the formulation stage. These issues are;  


1. Definition of ‘elderly’ people and target service user of elderly services

2. Elderly services 

  • Active Aging

  • Community support and care service

  • Support for carers

  • Residential care services

  • Interfacing between various elderly services

  • Mechanism for quality control

3. Manpower and training

4. Premises and space

5. Financial sustainability for Elderly Services

6. Other issues 

  • Interfacing of Elderly and other services

  • Planning mechanism

  • Technology and information

  • Services for older people with dementia

  • Support for ethnic minority groups

  • End-of-life services 

The Consultant Team was assisting the Working Group in undertaking stage two of the ESPP – the Formulation Stage - between July and August 2015. Engagement sessions in this stage include two parts; first, issue-based workshops/focus groups for concerned organizations and stakeholders familiar with the topics; second public forums at different districts to further solicit views of the public and other interested party.


Workshops/ Focus Groups were held in June and July 2015, detailed arrangements were as follows:   




3 Jun 2015 (Wed)

2.45pm – 5.30pm

Definition of ‘elderly’ people              

6 Jun 2015 (Sat)

10am – 12.30pm

Active aging and continuing education

13 Jun 2015 (Sat)

10am – 12.30pm

Community support service and service assurance

2.45pm – 5.30pm

Services for older people with dementia

17 Jun 2015 (Wed)

10am – 12.30pm

Standardised Care Need Assessment Mechanism for Elderly and case management

2.45pm – 5.30pm

Residential service and service assurance

25 Jun 2015 (Thu)

10am – 12.30pm

Technology and information

27 Jun 2015 (Sat)

10am – 12.30pm

1.      End-of-life service


2.      Public-private collaboration

2.45pm – 5.30pm

1. Respite and emergency accommodation


2. Support for the carers

7 Jul 2015(Tue)

2.45pm – 5.30pm

Premises and space

9 Jul 2015(Thu)

10am – 12.30pm

Interfacing between elderly, housing and health care services

2.45pm – 5.30pm

Manpower and training

13 Jul 2015(Mon)

2.45pm – 5.30pm

1. Human resources (imported workers)

2. Human resources (informal carer)

17 Jul 2015(Fri)

10am – 12.30pm

1. Planning mechanism and stakeholder involvement

2. Planning review framework

2.45pm – 5.30pm

1. Financial sustainability

2. Support for the ethnic minority


Public forums were completed in August, detailed arrangements were as follows:  






29Jul (Wed)


10am – 12.30pm


The Leighton Hill Community Center (Hall)



1 Aug (Sat)


10.45am – 1.15pm


Yuen Long Long Ping Community Center (Hall)



8 Aug (Sat)


10am – 12.30pm


North District Town Hall (Auditorium)


12 Aug (Wed)


10am – 12.30pm


Tung Tau Community Hall (Hall) 


15 Aug (Sat)


10am – 12.30pm


Henry G. Leong Community Center (Hall)


29 Aug (Sat)


10am – 12.30pm

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Lecture Theatres N002)


Since some of the participants cannot attend the public forum on 15 August due to the red-rain warning, the Elderly Commission decided to hold a make-up session on 29 August for them and other interested party.