Caring hands help seniors take the plunge

By ZHANG YU in Shijiazhuang and DENG RUI in Chongqing | China Daily Global | Updated: 2023-12-06 07:20
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Gao Weimin, an assisted bathing attendant, cuts the nails of a senior resident in Handan. FAN WENPING/FOR CHINA DAILY

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People such as Long have received government support for their businesses.

A circular released on Feb 21 last year said the State Council issued a guideline to promote the development of national undertakings for the aged and improve the elderly care service system during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25).

The circular emphasized support for the development of various facilities, including community bathing centers, mobile bathing vehicles, and home bathing services.

It also highlighted promoting the research and development of products related to bathing services, and the use of economically practical products.

Guo Haijun, director of Handan Civil Affairs Bureau's elderly care service department, believes the government should also introduce relevant policies and regulations to strengthen supervision of the industry.

"If it is left unregulated and allowed to grow wildly, there will be problems such as difficulty in identifying service risks, resolving disputes, and safeguarding people's rights," Guo said.

In addition, the industry should strengthen skills training, improve service quality, and introduce appropriate insurance cover to meet seniors' needs, he said, adding, "This will truly play a beneficial role in care services for the elderly."

Yang Zishuo in Beijing contributed to this story.

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