Beijing to make hospitals friendlier to seniors

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Beijing will make at least half of its Grade II and above hospitals friendly to seniors in 2019, city officials said in a recent meeting of the municipal working committee on aging.

The Chinese capital has maintained health records for over 3.43 million senior citizens, and in 2018 it provided medical house calls for 137,700 elderly people. 

Also last year, the city began installing 990 elevators in old residential buildings, completing 378. Moreover, it issued over 4.12 million elder care service cards.

By the end of 2018, the city had built 550 nursing homes, nine elder care service guidance centers at the district level, 275 elder care centers in townships and sub-districts, and 680 elder care service stations in residential communities and rural areas.

Speaking at the meeting, Beijing Vice Mayor Lu Yan, who heads the working committee on ageing, said that faced with opportunities and challenges in elder care, Beijing plans to step up efforts in building the elder care service system, in order to further improve the lives of elderly people.

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