Shenzhen to Pilot Reforms on Elderly Care and Services
Shenzhen is one of the pilot zones for elderly services reform in China and is planning to become an internationally elderly friendly city based on the reports of the civil affairs bureau. According to the bureau chief Du Peng, Shenzhen will become and aging city by 2020 as the city has 450,000 permanent residents that are aged 60 and older and the senior population will reach 1 million by 2020.
But based on a survey the city only has 31 public and private nursing homes and around 20 community daycare center for the elderly with a total of 5,766 beds. Shenzhen is a young city and has failed to foresee the demand for elderly services in its potential development that is why current facilities can keep up with the growing aged population.
The city is also planning to improve its policies and infrastructure for the elderly before the year ends and is hoping to find solutions to several key problems from 2016 to 2018 and develop a group of enterprises that will handle elderly services that is based on its reform plans. Output value of the elderly services in China is at 3 trillion yuan and is said to reach 10 trillion by 2030.