Qingdao encourages community based old-age care services
Web Editor:國際日報 International Daily News
As many elderly people prefer home-based aged care to institutional care and community care, Qingdao is encouraging community-based elderly care services to meet the demand of receiving old-age care without leaving home.
Qingdao is intensifying the renovation of the old urban residential areas to be renovated. The renovation project includes the installation of slide-proof floors, bedside guardrails, nursing beds, and wider doors.
In recent years, all the places are trying the "family-based old-age beds" to meet the needs of disabled old people. Old-age care institutions will send professionals to take care of the old people at their homes.
"The biggest advantage is convenience. Medical workers are on call and provide regular health check every month. It's very favorable for us to know the health conditions of the patients," said Wang Bocheng, senior resident in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province.
According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, by the end of August 2020, there were more than 180,000 community elderly care service institutions and facilities, accounting for 83.6 percent of the total, with about 3.42 million beds, accounting for 43 percent of the total.
During the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) period, the community elderly care service has covered all urban communities and half of the rural communities.
"In the next step, we will urge all the places to do well in the facilities building, that is, building new living quarters and the matching facilities for the existing quarters. This includes the building of community day care centers, because without necessary facilities, the services will not sustain," said Li Banghua, deputy director of the Elderly Service Department of the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
By the end of 2019, China had 253.88 million people aged 60 and above, accounting for 18.1 percent of the total population.