China’s capital has outlined an ambitious plan to increase the number of aged care homes, with at least one district-level public nursing institution to be established in each of its 16 districts by the end of 2022.
In total, the home- and community-based system will see at least 350 aged care homes in sub-districts and townships and a minimum of 1,200 community-based ‘elderly care service stations’ built in just two-and-a-half years.
Beijing says it also plans to train 10,000 care workers, 500 heads of care service institutions and 500 social workers for the service every year from 2020 to 2022.
Services would also be given preferential tax treatment to reduce their tax burden.
The services will be needed – Beijing now has over 3.8 million people aged over 60.