Care by residential care homes for elderly persons

Monitoring of residential care homes

Pursuant to section 18 of the Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) Ordinance (Cap. 459), the Licensing Office of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly of the SWD inspects residential care homes in Hong Kong to ensure that they comply with the licensing requirements.

At present, the SWD conducts several surprise inspections of each private residential care home each year. The frequency of inspections is adjusted based on the past service performance and risk level of individual residential care homes.

The inspections cover services such as drug management, personal care, infection control, handling of accidents, environmental hygiene, meals, staffing, etc.

Residential care homes are required to rectify irregularities detected during inspections. Advisory or warning letters are issued to non-compliant residential care homes, and prosecution action is taken when necessary.