Jockey Club gives first Tung Wah elderly home new lease of life
Built in 1971, the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs) David Trench Home was the first elderly home established by this long-established charitable organisation. After 40 years of heavy use, the 149-place home was in need of an upgrade.
In 2010, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust responded by donating over HK$123 million to TWGHs to cover the partial cost of redeveloping the home.
The revitalised home, now renamed TWGHs Jockey Club Sunshine Complex for the Elderly officially opened on 3 March 2017, offering more residential, day care and community support services for frail senior citizens.
The nine-storey Complex in Wong Chuk Hang provides 410 residential places including 167 subsidised places and 243 self-financing places, as well as 20 self-financing day care places.
It is equipped with a palliative care family room, a sensory training room, a nostalgia area, a physical and occupational rehabilitation centre and multi-purpose activity rooms. It also has ceiling hoists installed to help in the transfer of frail occupants, a cafe operated in a "social enterprise" mode and various other modernised facilities to meet the changing needs of the elderly.
Value-added services offered include an end-of-life care service, Western and Chinese medicine services, a professional care service for people with dementia, nutritionist and pharmacist counselling services, physical and occupational rehabilitation therapy, art therapy, leisure activities and volunteer training.
These facilities and services help ensure the elderly can live in a comfortable and healthy environment, and enjoy a happier life.
The redevelopment of the Complex provides another good example of the Trust’s strong commitment to improving the quality of life of Hong Kong's senior citizens. Others includes the Jockey Club Community e-Health Care Project launched last year, which uses cloud technology to help the elderly carry out regular health measurements in their local community, and feature a survey and big data analysis component to help us better understand the health characteristics and patterns of the elderly in Hong Kong.