Authorities in southwest China's Sichuan Province recently issued a draft proposal comprising many initiatives for the benefit of elderly people.
Under the title Sichuan Provincial Elderly People's Rights and Interests Protection Regulation, the draft was issued by the province's Legal Affairs Office and was recently made public for further opinion and comments.
Annual Leave for Visiting Parents
According to the draft, employees from one-child families can ask for annual leave of at least three days to visit their parents aged over 60 or those staying in hospitals.
During the leave, employees will receive their normal paycheck.
The initiative aims to highlight companies' actions in accordance with relevant provisions to guarantee employees' annual leave to visit relatives, as stated in the draft.
Moreover, the province's special allowance scheme will benefit those aged over 80.
Another gradually established subsidy system will offer nursing pensions for those disadvantaged elderly who are unable to take care of themselves.
Governments at or above the county level should gradually raise the pension standards according to local economic and social conditions of development, the draft says.
Priority Service in Medical Institutions
Medical institutions should give priority to serving the elderly in terms of personal information registration, medical treatment, and relevant guidance services in hospitals.
Furthermore, elderly people should be able to acquire anti-fraud knowledge from local governments in townships or villages or sub-district street offices, with information, for example, on fake promotions of healthcare products or medical instruments.
Special Service Channel from Different Institutions
Financial institutions will launch a special service channel for elderly people across the province.
The draft also says it encourages lawyers' firms or notary offices to reduce or remit service fees for impoverished seniors.
Those aged over 80 can have free probate service and people in their 70s can have home-visiting services if they book online.
Special Caring Seats for the Elderly in Public Areas
Public areas, including parks, pathways or communities, should install special seats for the elderly to have a rest.
Nurseries or activity centers should come equipped with assisting safety facilities.
Train stations and airports will furthermore be equipped with seats especially for the seniors.
(Source: Chengdu Economic Daily/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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