The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has launched the Third Phase of the Pilot Scheme on Community Care Service Voucher for the Elderly in October 2020. The eligible elderly persons may use Community Care Service Voucher to choose community care services (CCS) that suit their individual needs to support their ageing in place under the ‘money-following-the-user’ mode. The Pilot Scheme covers 18 districts of the territory with a maximum number of 8 000 vouchers.
Eligible participants are the elderly persons who have been assessed by SWD’s Standardised Care Need Assessment Mechanism for Elderly Services to have impairment at moderate or severe level and are waitlisting for subsidised CCS and/or residential care services (RCS) on the Central Waiting List (CWL) for Subsidised Long Term Care (LTC) Services without any kind of RCS or subsidised CCS being received. SWD will send invitation letters direct to eligible elderly persons on the CWL to invite them to join the Third Phase of the Pilot Scheme. The elderly persons may approach their responsible workers or the Community Care Service Voucher (CCSV) Office of SWD for assistance to complete the application form.
In case the eligible elderly persons have not received the invitation letters, they can contact the CCSV Office at telephone no. 3107 3013 (from Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, except public holidays).
Elderly persons may choose any voucher value in–between the ceiling and floor voucher values (both values inclusive) to purchase service packages according to their needs (The ceiling and floor monthly voucher values for 2020-21 are $9,870 and $4,130 respectively). The voucher values will be adjusted annually mainly based on the Composite Consumer Price Index (CCPI).
Under the “affordable users pay” principle, the less that the elderly person can afford, the more the Government subsidizes. As such, there are six categories of co-payment: 5%, 8%, 12%, 16%, 25% or 40% of the service package value of voucher while the government will pay for the remaining amount of the service package value. Applicable co-payment category is determined by household income of elderly and residing family member. Assets will not be assessed.
A voucher certificate will be issued to each eligible elderly person participating in the Pilot Scheme. Voucher certificate holders can then approach recognized service providers directly for an assessment and then start purchasing appropriate services.
Nursing service e.g. injection, dressing
Elder sit service e.g. bathing, feeding, transfer
Physiotherapy, occupational therapy
Caregiver training to family member or domestic helper
Home safety assessment and improvement suggestion