Caregiver Companion Project

Partnering Organization

Aberdeen Kai-fong Welfare Association Social Service (AKA) (co-funded with Fu Tak Iam Foundation)

Project Period

Jan 2016 to Dec 2018

Target Group

Elders with early dementia, frail elders, their carers and the community of Wah Fu Estate


Wah Fu Estate, Hong Kong Island

How it works

Built in 1967, Wah Fu Estate is one of the oldest public housing estates in Hong Kong. With 18 residential blocks and a growing number of vulnerable elderly residents and their caregivers, there is a need for increased support for people affected by dementia and education for their community.

In this 3-year project, AKA will provide day care and community support services to frail elders and those with early dementia, enhancing their quality of life and relieving pressure on carers. The project also engages key stakeholders at Wah Fu Estate to develop a dementia-friendly community.

Using a Relationship-centred Care Approach, people with dementia are given opportunities to maintain a positive sense of self. The project engages formal service providers, family caregivers and community stakeholders for collaboration in the district to build up a supportive and caring network.


Project Component

  • 120 elders with dementia will receive cognitive and functional training and day care services
  • 165 frail elders will receive day care support
  • 200 caregivers will receive training and respite service
  • 60 volunteers will be trained as enablers
  • 25 key stakeholders, e.g. residents associations, security guards, shop-keepers etc, will be connected and given dementia awareness training
  • 1,600 people/neighbours in the community will be trained in dementia awareness and how to build a dementia-friendly community


  • Develop a model for dementia-friendly community
  • Demonstrate a one-stop integrative community service mechanism for frail elders and those with dementia
  • Develop functional supportive training to people with early dementia
  • Empower and support caregivers
  • Empower senior volunteers as enablers
  • Line up strategic community partners from various disciplines


“I got enjoyment and acceptance in the group, being more confident to connect with other people, and my social life was enriched.”


“The contents of the training group were useful for me to prevent home accidents and enhance brain healthiness.”


“Home-based exercise and introduction of healthy brain food benefited my health condition after my minor stroke and MCI’s symptoms. Elderly-friendly information and services in Wah Fu Estate were useful to me as well since I live alone.”


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