Earlier this year, the highest levels of Chinese government representatives had a critical discussion about the welfare of the nation’s growing elderly population.   The result of the meeting was a new nationwide proposal to shift from the past model of family responsibility for eldercare to create a new community-based model for ageing in place with the establishment of new community-based elder services.

To introduce comprehensive and effective community-based services China faces a number of challenges, including finding and training workers, establishing a compensation system that is supportable and coordinating all funding streams to support the services.

As reported on the website Community Alliance, the plan is under the guidance of 10 government departments, including the China National Committee on Aging [CNCA] and the National Development and Reform Commission.