|Elderly people in Fujian have fun at a group activity. [Fuzhou Daily]|
Residents of southeast China's Fujian Province who are from a "one-child family"—that is, who are an only child, as a result of the one-child policy—are urged to take a paid annual leave of 10 days to visit their parents, according to a recently issued provincial guideline on elderly care.
On January 23, officials voted through the Fujian Provincial Regulation on Safeguarding the Legal Rights and Interests of Elderly Persons, at the 5th plenary session of the 12th Provincial People's Congress.
In addition to the aforementioned benefit, a total of 72 clauses detailed in 8 chapters have been incorporated into the regulation. These additional clauses pertain to family and social security, elderly service, social life, legal liabilities, and approaches on how to create a pleasant living environment for the elderly.
Compared with the previous elderly service regulation, from 1990, this new guideline adds one particular article illustrating offspring's obligation to provide mental support to the elderly rather than merely financial aid, pointed out an official.
In other words, office workers are urged to take time from their busy schedules in order to visit their parents periodically, explained the official.
In the meantime, staff members at community centers or relevant elderly-care centers are required to contribute to such family gatherings as well, added the official.
Moreover, elderly parents now can boldly say "no" to their sons or daughters who belong to the NEET group (not in employment, education, or training). This refers to youth who are actually capable of making a living but who instead insist on a lifestyle of total dependence on their aging parents.
In particular, this means that elderly parents now can refuse to offer any financial assistance to their adult offspring or can ask them to move out of the house, said the official.
(Source: cyol.net/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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