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Downtown seniors to get subsidy for moving to suburban elder care

SENIORS from downtown areas who are willing to live in elder care homes in the suburbs will be eligible for subsidies, according to regulations approved by the city's legislature yesterday.

The move was made in an effort to relieve the acute shortage of beds in downtown senior care facilities.

Governments of downtown districts should work out details on the subsidy and earmark specific funds, according to new regulations to be implemented starting in June.

As Shanghai's population ages and more young families find they aren’t able to take care of their elders at home, vacancies in senior care facilities have become scarce.

A few nursing homes like the 175-bed Shanghai Jiukang Nursing Home in Xuhui District said prospective residents may have to wait up to three years for a bed. The Xinzhuang Nursing Home in Minhang District, which has 600 beds, said it has a waiting list of 1,000-plus people.

While seniors’ homes in suburban areas have more vacancies because the land there is cheaper, fewer people are willing to live there due to lack of facilities like convenient transportation.

At the end of last year, Shanghai had 631 registered homes and 108,364 beds.


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