Deaths of Seniors in Hospital Fire Point to China’s Elder Care Shortfall

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The deadliest fire at Changfeng Hospital killed at least 29 people – most of whom were receiving nursing care or staying at a private hospital for extended periods of time. It brings to light a bigger question of China’s rapidly aging population, even with the prevalence of social stigmas against retirement or nursing facilities as opposed to filial piety. Not only that, there is also a dire shortage of staff trained to care specifically for older patients. Hopefully, the fire in Beijing would be a call to action for the government, especially with the growing number of older Chinese with disabilities. 

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