Caring the Carer

According to the information of the Census and Statistics Department in 2015, there are 640,000 full-time domestic workers in Hong Kong, of which more than 97% are women, plus the number of caregivers who live with long-term patients, caregivers who live with people with disabilities and etc. As a rough estimate, it is hundreds of thousands of people. Therefore, we concern about the situation of the caregiver and the problems it faces.

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Hundreds of Thousands of Carers

The government has not done any specific statistics on caregivers, but scattered data reflects that there are many carers in our society. According to "Feature Articles on Statistics 2015: Persons with Disabilities and Chronic Diseases in Hong Kong", there are at least 203,700 carers residing with the disabled, and 175,600 carers residing with patients with chronic diseases. "Thematic Household Survey - Report No. 40 - Socio-demographic Profile, Health Status and Self-care Capability of Older Persons" reflects that 133,400 elders residing at home need help in their daily lives. And according to statistics data from the Education Bureau, there are in total 7,700 students (including primary and secondary schools) with special education needs in the year 2015/16. If you add up the amounts of the disabled, patients with chronic diseases and students with special needs, you can imagine that there are hundreds of thousands of carers in our society.

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Improve Conditions for Carers

Carers are under enormous pressure but there is not enough support from the community and the government. We urge the government to fully review its current support services for carers; establish specialized support services for caregivers to cater to their physical and psychological needs; increase and improve the accommodation for the disabled, day training services, community care services and respite services, to relieve the stress of the carers and improve the life quality of the patients with chronic diseases. In this way, people in need and their carers can live independently and dignifiedly, choose their lifestyles in the most natural and the least restrictive ways, and live peacefully in the community.

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