Shenzhen to let private firms to run 18 public nursing homes

SHENZHEN will contract operation of 18 public, subdistrict-level nursing homes to private companies, potentially opening the door to increased services for the elderly while maintaining government oversight. The 18 facilities planned for a transition to private operation provide a total of 1,200 beds for the elderly. The first trial facility, Renda Caring Nursing Home in Longgang District, opened March 12. The second facility, a currently public nursing home in Kengzi Subdistrict, Longgang District, will switch to private operation in May, the city’s office for

Rapidly aging population to bring challenges for Shenzhen

Elders in a nursing home in Shenzhen   Shenzhen’s population is aging. Recently, statistics revealed that only 2.95% of Shenzhen’s population was aged 60 or over in 2010, but the figure is expected to climb to 9.7% by 2018, so one out of every ten people would be 60 years or older. Elderly migrants from inland China and Hong Kong are the main groups contributing to the problem. More and more elderly people have come to spend the rest of their lives in Shenzhen, since Shenzhen has not only pleasant weather but also favourable policies for aged migrants. New

Construction of Shenzhen's 1st nursing home for the elderly to start

CONSTRUCTION of Shenzhen’s first large-scale, city-level nursing home for the elderly will start this year, Shenzhen Municipal Public Works Bureau announced. The nursing home will offer 800 beds when it’s completed at the end of 2015, the bureau said. Shenzhen is expected to be home to at least 165,000 people who are older than 60 and have local hukou by the end of this year, and about 6,600 of them will need care in special facilities for the elderly, according to local Chinese-language media reports. The city now has 31 senior citizens’ homes that provide

SZ's 1st city-level nursing home to start construction by end of 2013

CONSTRUCTION of Shenzhen’s first city-level nursing home for the elderly will start at the end of this year, the city’s public works office said yesterday. Upon completion, the retirement home in Nanshan District will be able to provide 800 beds for senior citizens. The nursing home project will cost 190 million yuan (US$31 million). About 6,600 elderly people in Shenzhen are currently applying for admission into a nursing home, although there are only 5,194 beds in 31 nursing homes available across the city — and most, if not all, of those beds are already

US-based Home Instead Senior Care opens franchise in Shenzhen

  America-based Home Instead Senior Care announced the opening of its first Shenzhen franchise in Futian District last Wednesday. The company aims to lift the life quality of the local elderly population by offering caretaking services for the elderly, in particular those with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, in their homes rather than at a nursing home. "Shenzhen will become an aging society by 2020 and we need professional caretaking services in addition to our warm-heartedness,” said Hou Yisha, Deputy Director of
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