Hong Kong’s elderly population is rapidly increasing, with the number of people aged 65 or older set to double in the next 20 years. Having already doubled from 8% to 16% since 1986, Hong Kong is facing a major demographic challenge and support for the elderly is becoming increasingly crucial.
Quality HealthCare – Bupa’s Hong Kong healthcare provision business – understands the importance of supporting the elderly population in our communities.
In October, in partnership with the Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association (HKYWCA), Quality HealthCare hosted a two-day event to care for the health and wellbeing of HKYWCA members. The QHMS x HKYWCA Elderly Wellness Day provided free blood pressure, blood lipid profile, blood glucose level, blood oxygen level and atrial fibrillation tests to over 100 members of the Association’s elderly centres in Sai Wan and Tsing Yi.
Quality HealthCare also organised an organic soap workshop, partnering ten employees with 15 elders to make organic soaps and cream. The soaps were later passed to community members in need as gifts.
Karen Ng, External Relations Manager at Quality HealthCare said: “Quality HealthCare is committed to supporting corporate social responsibility to care for the health of elders in response to the increasingly ageing population in Hong Kong.
“It’s the third year we have organised free health assessments for elders to promote the importance of preventive healthcare concept, in order to help them live longer, healthier lives.”
Through a partnership with Senior Citizen Home Safety Association (SCHSA), Quality HealthCare employees visited elderly singles and couples at home, providing company and companionship to elders who may be feeling lonely or isolated. SCHSA is a charitable organisation that offers 24-hour personal support and emergency assistance services to the elderly population in Hong Kong.
Volunteers can also get involved by proactively calling SCHSA members, reaching out to say hello and checking in to make sure they’re okay. This year, 40 Quality HealthCare employee volunteers have reached over 300 elderly people through home visits and caring calls.
Quality HealthCare’s commitment to supporting the elderly population doesn’t stop at community outreach; it is integrated into how they do business. Three of every ten elders in Hong Kong live below the poverty line, which is why they offer discounts and offers on health check plans, Western and traditional Chinese medicine, as well as diagnostic, physiotherapy and dental services.
Our medical centres are also designed with the elderly in mind, with priority seating across all centres and wheelchair accessibility in 80% of our centres. We also have elderly ambassadors, who are on hand to meet to the unique needs of our elderly patients and make their visit more pleasant.
Karen added: “It’s really encouraging that all of the volunteer events and elderly visits received very positive responses, both from our volunteers internally and elderly participants externally. Being one of the largest private healthcare service providers in Hong Kong, we ‘walk our talk’ to help building a healthier population and to care for our employees, their families and the community.”