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Minhang plans special zone for elderly

Minhang District will build Shanghai’s first senior nursing pilot zone, officials announced yesterday.

The zone will boast some 10,000 specialized beds designed for the growing number of seniors in the city and will be ready around 2015.

The pilot zone will mainly comprise of professional senior’s apartments, communities (Continuing Care Retirement Community) and nursing stations in the neighborhoods.

“There are increasing number of senior people in the city, so we hope the trial zone will be a model for other regions in the city,” Sun Chao, the district Party secretary told an international senior nursing forum yesterday.

The city’s elderly care service can’t meet the demand of local old folks.

About 70 percent of them have chronic diseases and need day care or home care services provided by the neighborhoods.

There are only about 620 nursing homes for elderly people in Shanghai with about 100,000 beds, which covers  only 3 percent of the city’s elderly population.

While the majority of old people stay at home, their children don’t have the time to take care of them.

Construction of the project will start soon in Huacao Town in Hongqiao area.

The community will also include 1,000 high-end nursing beds to mainly serve local seniors, said Han Yongqiang, director of the promotion office for the pilot zone.



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