China is going to introduce new measures to improve the management of nursing homes and standardise the services for sound growth of the elderly care service industry, an official said Thursday.
The new measures contained a revised regulation on nursing homes that will take into effect on November 1.
The regulation includes provisions on the registration, supervision, operation and legal liabilities of nursing homes, Xiao Dengfeng, an official with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, told a press conference, reports Xinhua.
According to the new regulation, nursing homes will be categorised into for-profit and non-profit institutions, he said.
The document highlights the role of the government in running elderly care institutions to ensure that the basic needs of the poor population are met.
Nursing homes established by the government can be run by private organisations through entrusted management, leasing or other means.
The document also encourages extended facilities for the elderly, such as community elderly care and home-based services, Xiao said.
The document states that civil affairs departments should perform their supervision and inspection duties in accordance with the law.
They can take measures against elderly care institutions suspected of violations of laws and regulations.