Supporting Elders

We offer a range of services aimed at supporting older people to live happy, healthy, independent lives and to stay connected with the community and their peers. Our services aim to provide physical and mental stimulation and maintain emotional wellbeing, all within a safe environment which fully caters for their language and cultural needs. 

Day service

Are you looking for a safe, warm and welcoming place for you or a family member to stay during the day? 

Our Hong Que day service aims to support people to continue living valued and dignified lives in the community. Hong Que roughly translates to ‘the health of overseas Chinese people’. We provide a variety of activities which help with mental, emotional and physical alertness and wellbeing. Our fun and creative activities help our day service members produce works which give them a sense of pride and satisfaction. Day trips help them explore and see places they probably would never go to by themselves. Discussions about what’s happening in the world help keep them mentally stimulated. Hong Que day service runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and is staffed by the centre’s own employees and several volunteers. 

Our day service activities include: 

  • Arts and crafts activities
  • Chinese festival celebrations
  • Day trips
  • Exercise sessions for mobility, flexibility and balance including Tai Chi
  • Learning about different cultures around the world
  • News and current affairs discussion
  • Quizzes and other games to stimulate memory, balance and dexterity
  • Walks
  • Yum cha
  • …and more 

Fees

You can self-fund or it may be possible to have the fees met partly or in full by your local council. 

To have your fees paid for, you will need adult social services (also known as Adult Social Care or ASC) to commission a place.  You are welcome to have two free trial days to help you decide if Hong Que is right for you or your family member.  If you are happy, you can then contact ASC and tell them you would like a place at Hong Que. Alternatively, you can ask your GP to contact ASC for you, or we can do it on your behalf. Once a request is made, a social worker will arrange to meet you in your own home to discuss your needs. ASC will usually only commission places if you have reduced physical or mental capacity – however, they will also consider a place if you are at risk of isolation as this has negative effects on health and wellbeing.  A social worker will assess your need for social care.  Even if the social worker decides that a day service would benefit you and arranges a place at Hong Que, the council Finance Team must assess your income and savings.  The financial rules are complicated. As a rough guide, if your only income is Pension Credit and any savings are below £23,250, ASC are likely to cover day service fees in full.

Please contact Senior Care Support Worker, Sheila Mo, to find out the current daily fee.

Transport

Unfortunately, we do not have our own transport. Ring & Ride provides transport for people with mobility issues to day centres within their own area. If you live in South Birmingham, we can book Ring & Ride if you have no family or friends who can do it for you.

Donations

We welcome donations which go towards purchasing food and gifts for special occasions, such as birthday celebrations. Non-cash donations, such as arts and crafts materials, are also appreciated as this enables us to deliver activities to promote physical and cognitive wellbeing. 

Please contact Sheila Mo, Senior Care Support Worker, to enquire about referrals to Hong Que.

Keep in Touch calls

Unfortunately, Adult Social Care cannot commission places in Hong Que for everyone who would like to attend due to public spending cuts.  For older members of the Chinese community who feel isolated and alone, we offer a monthly telephone call to give a friendly hello, check your general welfare and let you know what’s happening at CCC-B and in the city centre.  

Contact Maggie Lok, our Volunteer Support Worker, to have your name put on the call list.

Chung Ying Elders Luncheon

Chung Ying Cantonese restaurant hosts a free meal for people aged 60+ on the first Wednesday of each month.  We help to organise this by managing bookings.  There are a limited number of seats, so places are allocated on a rota basis.

Contact us to enquire about Chung Ying Elders’ Luncheon.  

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