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Competition for elderly care workers

Twelve nursing workers have topped a competition involving some 150,000 seniors care workers from nearly 8,000 elderly homes in the Yangtze River Delta region.

They received awards in the Pudong New Area from delta region civil affairs authorities at the weekend for their knowledge and adept nursing skills.

The competition tested the basic nursing and rehabilitation skills of elderly care workers. Their emotional care for seniors was also evaluated.

The top group award went to Zhejiang Province’s team, while a senior care worker from Shanghai No. 1 Social Welfare House claimed the top prize for individuals. In the final, they completed a number of procedures such as changing urine bags and helping them sleep.

“These require highly technical skills,” said Xu Qihua, director of the Shanghai Senior Service Industry Association. “We observed participants’ daily basic care and rehabilitation nursing skills.”

All finalists were born after 1980s, with the youngest 25.

“I have done the job for eight years, and I take care of seniors like my own grandparents,” said a finalist surnamed Lin, 33.

Another finalist, surnamed Zhang, said that an increasing number of people are willing to work in the seniors service industry. “More government attention is pushing us to do a better job,” she said.

The three-day event will be held every two years. It was in its first edition. Jiangsu Province will host the next competition.


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