Community Support for Carers
Hong Kong is a rapidly ageing society - it is becoming more common for an elderly to take care of another elderly. On the other hand, since schools were suspended and non-emergency rehabilitation services were largely reduced under the pandemic, students and people with disabilities had to stay at home which in turn exerted huge pressure on carers. Coupled with tragedies concerning family carers from time to time, the hardship faced by carers has attracted attention from various sectors once again.
“Carer” is an identity which all of us may pursue, be it intentional or unintentional. We may need to take care of our relatives or friends and become a carer at any moment. So, when we are carers, what kind of assistance will we need? When we are not carers, how can we utilise our expertise, strengths, knowledge and network to support the family carers in the community?