For many elderly, a walking stick or a wheelchair is a necessary item. Yet not all can afford to buy one. The Green Care project of YWCA is collecting unused rehabilitation items for resale or rental to the needy elderly.
Eighty-two years old uncle Yip has been suffering from a sore leg and relies on a walking stick. Two months ago, he was offered a second-hand walking stick with a stool. Now he can fulfil the humble wish of travelling to shopping arcades and libraries more freely.
Not all elderly can afford to buy a walking stick or other aid. YWCA launched a rehabilitation product resale programme last year to help needy elderly participate in community activities and enhance self-reliance.
A social enterprise has launched a rehabilitation product re-sale programme for the dual purposes of reducing wastage and helping the elder to save money. Products collected are refurbished and resold at low prices or given out upon referral by social workers.
YWCA set up the city’s first second-hand rehabilitation product resale outlet in Fanling last year. It collects used products such as wheelchairs and walking sticks from the community. The products will be repaired and refurbished, and then resold or given out for free to elderly in need.