Chinese Aging Population Increasingly Turning Towards In-Home Nursing


Published Date : Mar 14, 2014

As China experiences a massive growth in its aged population, it is emerging that many under this category show an inclination towards engaging in-home nursing services. This option is helping families ease the pressure associated with taking care of the aged. 

In this backdrop, the Chengguan District Virtual Nursing Home that is located in Gansu province’s Lanzhou city said it will bring on board more healthcare options for the aged. The healthcare agency that offers in-home nursing and care services has been witnessing a surge in demand for its services, the expansion plans are in response to this spike in demand. 

Local government data in China shows that by 2012 end, over 220,000 aged people had availed the services offered by this healthcare agency. Interestingly, the agency had started operations only in 2009. 

Besides in-home nursing and care services, there is also a growing trend of ‘virtual nursing homes’ that are similar to regular nursing homes, except that their services are provided directly at the homes of the aged. Virtual nursing homes have gained popularity because residential nursing homes are often too crowded to accommodate everyone’s needs. 

This new trend is becoming more pronounced in China as the graying population sees a surge. In the past few years, there have been reports in Chinese media pertaining to a resource shortfall being faced by the conventional residential nursing homes. 

According to latest data, the population of those aged 60 years or more in China has reached 200 million. This amounts to 14% of China’s total population. Analysts project that by the end of 2050, the gray population in China would reach 400 million.

In this backdrop, it remains a serious concern that China only had 40,000 nursing homes as of 2013, making 3.9 million beds available to the elderly. This has led to more and more people showing a preference for virtual nursing homes in China.