Facing the challenges of an increasingly aging population, China has put efforts into building and upgrading facilities for the elderly over the years.
According to a recent survey published by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the construction of facilities for serving senior citizens has grown rapidly in the past half decade.
China's facilities for the elderly numbered 144,600 this year, seeing an increase of 226 percent from that of 2012.
To improve related services, the Ministry of Civil Affairs also established national standards to regulate the elderly care industry.
In March 2017, the Ministry launched a national campaign to improve services in nursing houses for senior citizens.
Officials investigated over 40,000 nursing houses. A total of 2,122 were shut down, merged with other houses or having their licenses revoked because of violations. Moreover, over 197,000 safety risks were eliminated.
These measures indicated the nation has a strong commitment to enhance elderly people's livelihoods, said officials.
(Source: Beijing Daily/Translated and edited by Women of China)