SWD Elderly Information Website
SWD Elderly Information Website


Residential Care Services Scheme in Guangdong

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) launched the Pilot Residential Care Services Scheme in Guangdong (GDRCS Scheme) in June 2014 and the GDRCS Scheme was regularised in January 2020. It is to provide an option for elderly persons on the Central Waiting List for Subsidised Long Term Care Services (CWL) to choose to live in residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs) in the cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA).

Starting from 28 July 2023, the SWD expands the GDRCS Scheme by including

  1. to cover the elderly persons waitlisting for subsidised nursing home places under CWL; and
  2. to invite applications from operators of RCHEs with experience and satisfactory track records in providing subsidised elderly residential care services in Hong Kong and are operating RCHE(s) in Mainland cities of the GBA to register their RCHE(s) in GBA cities as the Recognised Service Provider (RSP) under the GDRCS Scheme.

Starting from 1 October 2023, to encourage eligible elderly persons to join the GDRCS Scheme, the SWD has included into the Scheme a 6-month trial stay (i.e. counting from the date of admitting to the RCHE under the GDRCS Scheme). During the 6-month’s trial stay in the Mainland RCHE, the elderly person’s application for LTC services on CWL will change to be “inactive” status.

For details and latest information on the GDRCS Scheme, please click here to visit the SWD website.