The Senior Citizen Home Safety Association: Enabling Active, Ageing-in-Place in Hong Kong
SCHSA is a self-financing social enterprise and charitable organisation in Hong Kong that provides quality self-funding services at a low cost to empower the elderly to live independent, healthier and rewarding lives and with dignity, in their communities. It accomplishes this through the smart use of partnerships and information technology. But is this a tenable model to meet Hong Kong’s ageing needs, and if so, could it be replicated elsewhere?
In this case students will gain a better understanding of the demographic challenges posed by an ageing population. They will learn how to apply active, ageing-in-place frameworks to uphold the United Nations Principles for Older Persons. They will be able to identify and evaluate the effectiveness of SCHSA in applying active, ageing-in-place frameworks and to determine what key features of its business model are essential if it is replicated elsewhere. The case can be used to demonstrate alternative service delivery options that can exist outside of, and support, the public welfare.
The case is suitable for undergraduate and graduate level classes pertaining to systems thinking, gerontology and public administration.
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