Rejoicing a healthy and meaningful life in her advanced years – Josephine
"Life in Long Stay Care Home is both relaxing and fulfilling. I normally do some gentle exercises after getting up in the morning. After breakfast, I do some reading, knitting and water-color painting. Sometimes, I may also do some stretching exercises or just take some rest.” Josephine told us how she enjoyed her tranquil life at the Home and she was appreciative of the kindness of the staff.
Josephine studied biology at New Asia College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong when she was young. Unfortunately, she suffered deep emotional wounds over a broken love affair and was subsequently diagnosed suffering from schizophrenia. She eventually quitted her studies at university and was admitted to different mental hospitals and halfway houses over the years. Despite the fluctuating course of her illness, she fought her way through and tried her best to lead an independent life while she taught in a renowned secondary school as a Chinese language and Chinese history teacher.
In 1996, Josephine moved to live in our Long Stay Care Home and since then life has changed for the better. Recently, her eye sight starts to deteriorate quickly. However, even with declining vision she persisted in reading daily with a magnifying glass. In 2012, she regained her vision after eye surgeries and in 2014, she battled courageously with oral cancer and survived. After that she has been sharing her positive experiences against the adversities of life publicly. That never-give-up spirit is something really worth our respect and learning from.
New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association operates two long stay care homes, namely Tuen Mun Long Stay Care Home and New Life Building Long Stay Care Home. Long Stay Care Homes (LSCHs) provide long-term residential care, active maintenance services and recovery-oriented services for people in recovery from chronic mental illness to develop their strengths and abilities that enable them to lead a more integrated living in the community.
The two LSCHs accommodate 210 and 200 people in recovery of mental illness respectively and are manned by a team of professional staff including social workers, nurses, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, health workers and wardens that provides round the clock residential care services.
Since our target service users are mainly people in recovery of chronic mental illness who have been hospitalized in psychiatric hospitals for some time before they enter our service, we strive to assist them in rebuilding their self care ability, work habit and skills, confidence and social skills. At the same time, we encourage them to develop their own interests and hobbies so as to make good use of their leisure time.
Grounded on Care for People and Recovery-oriented Services, we aim at:
- Providing appropriate and quality residential care services to enhance the quality of life of people in recovery of mental illness;
- Supporting them to maintain their well-being and mental stability;
- Developing their strengths and abilities;
- Enhancing their personal independence and responsibility;
- Developing their social and communication skills, cultivating hobbies and positive use of leisure time, and building up a healthy lifestyle.
Long Stay Care Home is a unique service that provides long term residential care and community-based psychiatric rehabilitation services for people recovering from chronic mental illness. We started planning for this new service in the early 80s’ and after 10 years of hard working, the first ever long stay care home in Hong Kong was opened in January 1990 in Tuen Mun. In 1996, our second long stay care home commenced operation in New Life Building situated in Shek Kip Mei. In 2015, Tuen Mun Long Stay Care Home launched the Facility Enhancement Project funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to address the changing needs of her users.
Through multiple approaches and interventions, we engage people in recovery in:
- Person-centred Care Planning to actively participate in their own recovery journey;
- Social and daily living skills trainings that enhance their self care and abilities to cope with daily life demands and changes;
- Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing and health care services, and health promotion activities to maintain and enhance their health conditions;
- Structured and meaningful activities to develop their personal interests and strengths, and to enhance their physical, social and spiritual well-being;
- Family activities to maintain their connection with family members and to strengthen their family support;
- Community activities to achieve better integration with the community
LSCHs provide services for people in recovery from chronic mental illness requiring a high level of care and support. Admission criteria include:
- Aged 15 or above
- Controlled medical and psychiatric conditions requiring no intensive psychiatric treatment or nursing care
- Unlikely to be able to lead and independent living in the community due to high dependence in residential care
- Destitute or with unfavourable home environment
- Free from significant violent behaviour in the past five years, infectious disease, persistent alcohol or drug abuse and unlikely to manifest dangerous behavioural disorder
Application and Exit of Service
Applicants may approach doctors or social workers for referral. Referrals are made through the Central Referral System for Rehabilitation Services operated by the Social Welfare Department. While staying in the Home, the responsible social worker will meet users and their families to discuss their progress and devise a discharge plan for them according to their needs.
Applicants are required to pay fee charges stipulated by the Social Welfare Department and other charges openly specified by the Homes. Those with financial difficulties can apply for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance.
|New Life Building Long Stay Care Home
G/F.-5/F., New Life Building, 332, Nam Cheong Street, Kowloon.
|Tuen Mun Long Stay Care Home
2-6 Tsing San Path, Tuen Mun, New Territories
Both LSCHs have been issued with License or Certificate of Exemption under the Residential Care Homes (Persons with Disabilities) Ordinance.