City’s approach for better senior care service
Changsha will redouble efforts to improve elderly care.
Changsha’s top leader Yi Lianhong inspected the city’s senior care services on May 5. He encouraged innovative approaches to propel the overall reform of elderly care.
Changsha in Central China’s Hunan province was named among the first pilot cities for senior care reform in July 2014. At present, the city has around 1.13 million senior residents, and the number grows at an annual rate above 5 percent.
Over recent years, Changsha has made significant strides in building a social senior care service network based on home-based care, supported with community nursing services, and led by elderly care institutions.
In January, the municipal government released implementation suggestions on speeding up the senior care industry, marking a new development stage.
On his first stop, Yi visited the Fengshushan Day Care Center for the Elderly in Yuhua district. The center was jointly built by the district’s civil affairs department and Dongtang sub-district. Its daily operations have been entrusted to a private elderly care institution. Senior residents in the neighborhood can enjoy free service after a simple registration.
Changsha Party chief Yi Lianhong (middle) , talks with a senior resident in Fengshushan Day Care Center for the Elderly, Yu Hua district, on May 5.[Photo by Zhou Baiping/Changsha Evening News]
Local residents speak highly of it. Resident Chen Yue said that his father, who is in his 70s, can not only receive professional nursing services, but also spent leisure time with his old friends in the center. Chen sends his father there every morning.
So far, the city has built 460 such centers.
During the trip Yi said that Changsha should continue to boost the promotion of this mode, that is, the government pay for the social institution’s services, allowing more elderly residents to enjoy their lives in their own neighborhoods.
Changsha Kangyi Senior Care Agency built a private nursing home for the elderly based on the professional medical resources of Hunan Prevention and Treatment Center for Occupational Disease. Yi hailed the new model of combining medical and nursing services. He asked relevant departments to sort out the medical institutions where conditions permit, and encourage more participation from private capital, in an effort to better satisfy the demands of elderly care.
Yi also visited aged residents in the municipal social welfare home and paid respects to its medical and nursing staff. The institute has received and served more than 6,000 elderly patients over the past 13 years.
By Zhang Qiong, edited by Andrew Ancheta
Source: Changsha Evening News