Share This Article:

Integrated and Seamless Services for Active Aging, a Model for Zhuhai

Full-Text HTML Download Download as PDF (Size:237KB) PP. 41-46
DOI: 10.4236/jbm.2014.26007    2,540 Downloads   2,906 Views  

ABSTRACT

The Aging Tsunami as it is often quoted to describe the worrying situations of rapidly aging in China has not met with detail planning in facilities upgrade and careful consideration in service models. Broad brushed central policies categorizes services into home care, community care and institutional care and set policy goals at 90-6-4, representing the percentage of older people in receiving respective care. This leaves local officials helpless on how these ideals can be actualized. Some cities have inclined to build huge older people homes and pour resources into institutional care, forgetting the need for older people to be connected with the society. This paper reviews the historical developments of older people services in Hong Kong and recommends an integrative model of social work services connecting institutional, community and home care into a seamless network. The city of Zhuhai will be presented as a perfect experimental city on how its existing facilities can be converted and developed according to the model. Survey on the situations of the 16 public older people homes will be used to illustrate the potentials of an integrative model.

Cite this paper

Wong, H. , Ng, Y. and Yuan, X. (2014) Integrated and Seamless Services for Active Aging, a Model for Zhuhai. Journal of Biosciences and Medicines, 2, 41-46. doi: 10.4236/jbm.2014.26007.

References

[1] Chinese State Council (2011) 12th Chinese National Social and Development Plan, March 2011. http://www.gov.cn/2011lh/content_1825838.htm
[2] Chinese State Council (2011) Social Plan for Service Systems for Older People (2011-2015), SCS [2011] No. 60. http://shfl.mca.gov.cn/article/tzgg/201204/20120400299795.shtml
[3] Sun, Y.Q. (2010) Expert Meeting on Future Development of Elderly Homes, Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Civil Affairs, China Civil Affairs, 2010, 06.
[4] Chinese Development and Reform Commission & Chinese Ministry of Health, 2010. Community Health Service Plan, Chinese Community Doctors, 2010-03.
[5] Chow (2007) Aging and the Family in Hong Kong. International Journal of Sociology of the Family, 33, Aging in Asia (Spring 2007), 145-155.
[6] Zhang, S.B. (2009) Experience and Implications of Elderly Services in Hong Kong—Report of Hong Kong and Macao Study Tour on Aging. http://tclgb.taicang.gov.cn/art/2009/6/19/art_5261_48134.html
[7] Chow, Y.X. and Zhao, R. (2010) Elderly Chinese and Western Support System—Comprehensive Care Model Pursued in Hong Kong. Population and Develop-ment, Beijing.
[8] Korean Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (1979) Annual Report of Korean Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, 1979:46.
[9] Little, V.C. (1979) Open Care of the Aging: Alternative Approaches. Aging, 301, 10-23.
[10] Ding, H. (2007) Integration and Diversification—Reflection on Latest Development of Older People Services in Hong Kong. Northwest Population, 2007, 01.
[11] Hong Kong Elderly Commission (2009) Consultancy Study on Elderly Residential Care Services. University of Hong Kong, 2009-12.
[12] Zhuhai Municipal People’s Government Office (2013) On Accelerating the Development of the Implementation of Social Services for Older People. Zhuhai Government Office, 2013, Notice No. 1. http://zwgk.gd.gov.cn/006988427/201303/t20130304_368679.html
[13] Chinese State Council (2013) Accelerating Development of Services to Older People through Social Participation. China News, August 16, 2013. http://www.chinanews.com/gn/2013/08-16/5173338.shtml

  
comments powered by Disqus

Copyright © 2018 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

Creative Commons License

This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.