Ministry: China has 42,300 elderly care institutions

Added On July 30, 2020

Official data show that China has about 42,300 elderly care facilities nationwide, with a capacity of nearly 4.3 million beds.

According to the data released by China's Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA), the country's the elderly care institutions provide accommodation for nearly 2.15 million elderly people.
Chinese people have traditionally relied on their children to help them in old age. But with a soaring senior population and most adults working full time, attitudes toward filial piety and old age have shifted, fueling a rapidly growing elderly care industry.
To further protect the legitimate rights and interests of the elderly, the Ministry of Civil Affairs has issued a guideline on regulating nursing services within institutions and handling disputes, in collaboration with other departments.
According to the document, elderly care institutions are required to provide timely assistance to those in their care and give priority to protecting their rights and interests.