A study on Service Quality and Social Capital in the Society-run Home for the Aged in Beijing
The Trend of “Socializing Social Welfare” Policy in China: A study on Service Quality and Social Capital in the Society-run Home for the Aged in Beijing
Submitted by DING Hua
China has one-fifth of the world’s total elderly population. This rapidly aging population presents serious challenges to the state to develop a social service system. To satisfy increasing demands for diversified and continuous elderly care, a policy known as “Socializing Social Welfare” was introduced to assist in the reformation of social services. Under this policy, private and non-government sectors were encouraged to provide social services that were previously monopolized by the government. The most significant result of the reform was the growth of Society-run Homes for the Aged (SRHs) that aimed to provide fee-based institutional care for the elderly. Despite the proliferation of literature on China’s aging population, there is a virtual dearth of studies on institutional care for the elderly, particularly in non-government institutions.