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Nursing homes serve washing-up water buns

ELDERLY people living in nursing homes in Jilin Province are being fed buns soaked in washing-up water.

The nursing homes, mostly privately operated in the provincial capital Changchun City, are overcrowded, poorly equipped, dirty and lack of fire escapes, one resident complained to the local newspaper the Northeast Business and Trade News.

"Life in these nursing homes is not enjoyment but suffering," Chen Yonghe, 56, said angrily. Some of the residents were abused, he added.

Chen has lived in six nursing homes in the Binghe residential quarter over the past five years after he was paralyzed.

He said there are eight nursing homes in the Binghe community, and some are unlicensed.

At the Tianyi nursing home, reportedly the best in the community, there are two staff looking after 39 senior residents, the Northeast Business and Trade News report said.

The residents are crowded into four rooms with a total of 100 square meters, compared with the nation's legal requirement of 5 square meters per resident.

One room was locked because its residents try to get out and wander away from the home.

All the windows have steel security bars preventing them being used as a means of escape if there is a fire.

The home charges 650 yuan (US$95) a month to care for residents who can partly look after themselves, according to a middle-aged worker.

The home would not take responsibility for any resident who wandered away from the home and became lost, said the owner, Sun Shufang.

Nor would another nursing home named Jiansong take that responsibility, according to its owner, Gao Shujie.

Gao said she was the only person working at her house. She didn't disclose how many people lived there but said that business was good and only one more bed was available.

Windows at this home also have steel security bars. To prevent fires, Gao said the home has banned electric blankets.

According to the neighborhood management committee for the Binghe community, there are four licensed privately operated nursing home but they do not meet fire safety regulations.


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