Accommodation for elderly persons in newly industrializing countries: The Hong Kong experience

D. R. Phillips

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The newly industrializing countries seem set to follow many developed countries with a rapid growth in numbers of elderly people. This will throw considerable strain on their resources, particularly in the provision of services and accommodation for this group in society. Hong Kong is a leader amongst the newly industrializing countries, both in terms of its aging population (more than 11 percent of its people are now over 60 years of age) and in terms of economic growth. It has, however, only relatively recently embarked upon a comprehensive and integrated program to provide a wide range of accommodation for the elderly. This includes sheltered housing within Hong Kong's well-known public housing schemes, old people's homes, care-and-attention homes, and infirmaries. The private sector has also been growing rapidly in the 1980s with a considerable recent increase of old people's homes. A voluntary code of conduct for this sector was introduced in late 1986, but concerns remain about the quality of care and the rapid growth of private homes in territory. The approaches to the provision of accommodation for the elderly are set in the context of Hong Kong's overall social policy development. Whilst the experience of relatively wealthy Hong Kong may not prove to be of relevance for the majority of Third World countries, it is argued that it may provide a model for other newly industrializing countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-279
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


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