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Home care services help China's elderly

04-07-2012 14:35 BJT

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China also faces a growing aging population and is taking measures to improve the quality of life for people who choose to live at home.

Wang Lingmei, a care worker in Jiaxing city of Zhejiang province, visits Gan Chenger early in the morning to help her do her housework. Gan Chenger is 79, and lives alone. Wang has visited her every other day for more than a year.

Gan Chenger, senior citizen, said, "She helps me do all the things I need, like washing and cleaning. Her work is very good, and I'm very satisfied. "

Nanhu District in Jianxing city pays for more than 4,000 jobless people to help the disabled and elderly people living alone. Now, Gan Chenger can enjoy home services for free. More than 120 other people also enjoy the service.

General director of Jianxing Bureau of Home Affairs said, "We will increase government input on one hand. On the other hand, we should draw in private money to expand the scope and enhance the quality of of retirement services."

Home care services for China's elderly (file photo)

Hu Zuoqing, who lives in LiXia District, in Jinan City in Shandong province, had a health check at DianLiu community hospital two days ago. The doctor quickly sent back the report.

Sheng Ping, doctor, said, "Your weight is 88.6 kilos, which is overweight, and you have high blood pressure. I will re-examine it later."

Hu Zuoqing, Jinan resident, said, "They are doing great job. You can see a doctor straightaway. It's convenient. "

More than 50,000 people live in the Dianliu community, including about 4,000 pensioners over the age of 65. The community hospital has set up a detailed health information program for them and gives them health checks 4 times a year. It also has a home for the elderly who can't live in their homes. It costs 1300 to 1800 RMB per person a month. Lu Peijuan has already lived here for a year and is cared for by nursing staff.

Home care services for China's elderly

Lu Peijuan, Jinan resident, said, "It is better than living at home."

The Shandong provincial government pays to look after more than eight million seniors aged over 65. Over the next 5 years, the province will get include all senior residents in its medical insurance system.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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