More caregivers needed for elderly
Nursing homes and care agencies in Beijing are short of 20,000 workers due to stress and low pay, authorities said on Thursday. More than 11,000 registered workers make up Beijing’s elderly care industry, at least 20,000 fewer than needed, Li Wanjun, head of Beijing’s civil affairs bureau, told a session of the Standing Committee of the 14th Beijing Municipal People’s Congress. Workers in eldercare homes in Beijing earn 30,000 yuan to 40,000 yuan ($4,430 to $5,900) a year, Li said. Annual staff turnover is more than 40 percent. In addition, 70 percent of caregivers are migrant workers with a low level of education.