Shanghai to Strengthen Elder Care Facilities

November 21, 2013
Editor: Yang Yang

According to the draft, government-funded elder care institutions should give priority to servicing the needs of needy widows and the disabled, providing basic endowment services and avoiding excess. [Baidu]

According to the draft, government-funded elder care institutions should give priority to servicing the needs of needy widows and the disabled, providing basic endowment services and avoiding excess. [Baidu]

According to the instruction and review report of the Shanghai Pension Organizations Ordinance (Draft), all levels of government departments in Shanghai will encourage and support private-funded elder care agencies, said Shi Xiaolin, director of the Shanghai Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau.

The report was heard at the 14th session of the 9th meeting of the National People's Congress Standing Committee of Shanghai Municipality.

According to the draft, government-funded elder care institutions should give priority to servicing the needs of needy widows and the disabled, providing basic endowment services and avoiding excess.

Shi said that institutional endowment services are playing a greater role in the social service system for the aged but are also facing new challenges.

Shi said the contradiction between supply and demand is still prominent in Shanghai's endowment agencies and their services are uneven, making it crucial to improve the support and regulation of private-funded senior citizen care facilities.

She added that it is necessary to take a further step to promote and standardize the development of elder care institutions in Shanghai through legislation and making use of successful experiences.

(Source: 163.com / translated and edited by womenofchina.cn)

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