Affairs Bureau and Lvkang Medical Care Group jointly sponsored in Hangzhou the first “529 Nursing Assistant Day of Senior Service” and the launch ceremony of “Lvkang Time Bank”, a public welfare platform. The event, themed as “glorifying the spirit of senior service and enjoying the peace of life”, witnessed a participation of over 200 people, including representatives of excellent nursing assistants and directors in those senior service institutions and social organizations in Jianggan District, leaders at the level of province, municipality and district, related persons in charge of Jianggan District Civil Affairs Bureau and each street, as well as the representatives of each affiliates under Lvkang Medical Care Group, and attracted the presence of multiple media for coverage, including Zhejiang Workers’ Daily, Zhejiang Elderly’s Newspaper, Hangzhou TV Station and Hangzhou Daily, Urban Express, and Business Daily.
With the worsening aging of population, nursing assistants for the elderly, who provide the most direct and the most painstaking care services all year round, have received increasing attention from the society. To some extent, caring for the nursing assistants is caring for the elderly and ourselves in future. Jianggan district has always attached great importance to the care for nursing assistants for the elderly and the construction of the team of nursing assistants. Specifically, Jianggan District has taken the lead in setting up “529 Nursing Assistant Day” nationwide since the year 2011, marking the annual “May 29” as “Nursing Assistant Day of Senior Service”, which has been successfully held for several consecutive years, producing broad influences in terms of society, nationwide pension industry and news media. The “5.29 Nursing Assistant Day of Senior Service”, co-held by the Civil Affairs Bureau of the District and Lvkang Medical Care Group, aims at the promotion and demonstration of the devoting spirit and professional skills of the nursing assistants for the elderly in Jianggan District, creating a good social atmosphere of care and respect for the nursing assistants, encouraging the social organizations and the nursing assistants to make progresses and keep blazing new trails, and marking the official change of the Nursing Assistant Day of Senior Service from the spontaneous behavior of the Lvkang Medical Care & Senior Service Group into a government-leading behavior, as a forerunner in Zhejiang and even the whole country.
The establishment of May 29 of each year as the “Nursing Assistant Day”,is about the inheritance of successive Nursing Assistant Day, and more importantly about the special connection with the work of old-age care itself:
Nursing assistant of senior service and nursing assistantsboth belong to the category of nursing. “May 12” is Nurses’ Festival, so Nursing Assistant Day is also fixed in the same month;
Nine is the largest number in a traditional sense, meaning longevity. “29” implies dual nines, which coincides with Double Ninth Festival for the elderly. The combination of tradition and modern value embodies respect, esteem, love and care for elderly.
“529” shares a similar pronunciation with “I Love Nine” in Chinese, meaning “I love the aged” or “I love the elderly”.
Chen Yichun, director of the Jianggan district government office delivered a speech.
Zhuo Yongyue, President of China Association for Social Welfare and Old-age Care, Chairman of Lvkang Medical Care Group, delivered a speech.
Chen Yichun, director of the Jianggan District Government Office, and Zhuo Yongyue, director of the Medical Care & Senior Service Branch, China Association of Social Welfare and Old-age Care and Chairman of the Lvkang Medical Care Group, respectively delivered speeches, extended congratulations on the opening of the first “Nursing Assistant Day of Senior Service” in Jianggan district, and gave full recognition to the vigorous efforts made by all the senior service organizations in the whole district to care for the nursing assistants.
Chen Yichun pointed it out, that the Jianggan District Committee and the district government attached great importance to the senior service, as evidenced by the promulgation of several rounds of livelihood protection policies, constant improvement and upgrading of various old-age facilities, provision of various services for the benefit of elderly and the booming development of pension industry. There are the first blocks characterized by old-age service or “medical care, senior service, nursing and amusement” in the country, the first batch of pilot demonstration streets for the intelligent and healthy senior service in the country, and the practical projects initiative at national, provincial and municipal levels, i.e. Lvkang Medical Care & Senior Service institutions, all of them have been inspected and thought highly of by national, provincial and municipal leaders. He welcomed more social forces to the team in service of the elderly in Jianggan through different forms.
The chairman, Zhuo Yongyue, also briefed the participants on the origin, meaning, activities and social influence of the 529 Nursing Assistant Day of Senior Service, and encouraged all circles of society and senior service-related institutions to continue to explore and practice the promotion of the construction of the nursing assistant’s teams, with a hope that all nursing assistants for the elderly will be able to constantly improve their professional skills and service level, thus jointly promoting the quality of care for the elderly in the whole area, and promoting the quality of home-based peaceful life and the development of the ageing cause in Jianggan District.
Zhang Youguo, deputy director of Jianggan District Civil Affairs Bureau and deputy director of elderly office, announced the list of nursing assistants approved with three stars in senior service.
9 nursing assistants approved with three stars in senior service stepped on the stage to receive the award.
A glance at the 60 awarded nursing assistants
Chairman Zhuo Yongyue conferred upon the awarded nursing assistants
Zhang Chenglong, star of institutional service and outstanding nursing assistant of Lvkang Medical Care Group stepped onto the stage for a speech as the representative of the awarded.
Zhang Youguo, deputy director of the Jianggan District Civil Affairs Bureau and deputy director of the Elderly Office, announced the list of nursing assistants approved with three stars in senior service based on the result of the discussion and election of three stars in senior service (star of home-based service, star of institutional star and star of harmony and mutual help). Nine outstanding nursing assistants in the fields of home-based service, institutional service, harmony and mutual help received awards on behalf of 60 nursing assistants with three stars in senior service commended in the whole district. Zhang Chenglong, star of institutional service and outstanding nursing assistant of Lvkang Medical Care Group stepped onto the stage for a speech, where he thanked the Civil Affairs Bureau of Jianggan District for its constant efforts in the care for the nursing assistants and the successful opening of the first “Nursing Assistant Day of Senior Service”. From then on, the nursing assistants in the whole district has finally be able to celebrate their own official festival. He also said he would grow up with a wide range of the nursing assistants in the whole district and provide more professional and caring services to the elderly.
Hong Ling, secretary general of Jianggan District Pension Service Association, read out the proposal
Hong Ling, secretary-general of Jianggan District Pension Service Association, has proposed that all sectors of society and pension service organizations in the whole district should give more care for the nursing assistants, and that at the same time, the recognized nursing assistants and the rest in the whole district should strengthen their self-esteem, strive to lead the nursing industry, constantly improve professional skills and service level, and provide better, highly-refined and high-standard senior service for the elderly.
Shen Jianping, Director of Jianggan District Civil Affairs Bureau and Director of Elderly Office, made a speech.
Shen Jianping, Director of the Jianggan District Civil Affairs Bureau and Director of the Elderly Office, expressed his sincere thanks to the grass-roots pension service workers for their contributions to the development of pension services in Jianggan District and to the vast number of elderly. Shen Jianping fully affirmed the achievements of Lvkang Medical Care Group in promoting the construction of nursing staff and improving the quality of old-age service. He said that the purpose of the district-wide “529 Nursing Assistant Day of Senior Service” was to promote and display the dedication and professional skills of nursing assistants in Jianggan District, and to take this opportunity to further enhance the sense of mission and honor in the front-line nursing assistants. In this way, we’d be able to further mobilize the social organization of senior service in the whole district, enterprises, old-age institutions and community residents and cause them to be more deeply and enthusiastically involved in serving the elderly, further guiding pension institutions, enterprises, social organizations and families throughout the district to actively build a social atmosphere and honor traditional virtues of respect, filial piety, and love and care for the elderly, and constantly improving the life quality of the elderly in the whole district.
Xu Hongdao, the ninth Vice Chairman of Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, made a speech.
Xu Hongdao, vice chairman of the Ninth Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, expressed warm congratulations on the successful organization of the first “529 Nursing Assistant Day of Senior Service” in Jianggan District and the successful launching of the “Lvkang Time Bank”, a public welfare platform, and extended sincere thanks to the 60 nursing assistants who won the award. He said he was pleased to see that, after seven years of unremitting efforts by chairman Zhuo Yongyue, the “529 Nursing Assistant Day of Senior Service” was officially elevated today to be an action where Jianggan District government was to play a leading role. He believed that the opening of “529 Nursing Assistant Day of Senior Service” as the first session of Jianggan District and the eighth of Lvkang Medical Care & Senior Service was an important practice of the instructions given by the General Secretary when he visited Jianggan District and the Lvkang Medical Care Group in 2008. It was a happy event in the process of senior service in our province, but also a major and grand event. Jianggan District and the Lvkang Medical Care Group have been in the forefront of the city and the province, which bears great significance.
The leaders present co-launched “Lvkang Time Bank”, a public welfare platform.
On the Nursing Assistant Day, Lvkang Medical Care Group demonstrated and launched “Time Bank”, a public welfare platform. Zhuo Yongyue, Chairman of the Lvkang Medical Care Group; Wu Jianming, Vice Chairman of the National Joint Meeting of the Gongyang Association for the Promotion of Public Welfare and Rescue and also President of Zhejiang Branch; Zhang Hua, deputy secretary of Youth League Committee of Zhejiang Gongshang University; Zhu Jinawei, deputy secretary of College of Law and Political Science in Zhejiang University of Science and Technology and board chairman of Zhejiang Love Action in Relief, respectively signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement. They will jointly organize and encourage students and volunteers of senior service to participate in public welfare activities and conduct multi-level and multi-form cooperation using the platform “Lvkang Time Bank”, and explore the mechanism innovation and mode innovation in the field of “public welfare plus”, which has a promising future in place. The platform accurately docks the needs of public welfare organizations with volunteers through mobile APP. Volunteers registered in real names can respond to the platform in real time and participate in the “senior” public welfare service. Meanwhile, the platform records the service time in the time bank of volunteers. The value of love translated from the service can be converted into a variety of goods and services to encourage volunteer service.
On the theme forum of the Nursing Assistant Day, Professor Xu Hong, dean of the Health and Nursing Research Institute of Hangzhou Normal University, Zhuo yongyue, President of Medical Care & Senior Service Branch, China Association of Social Welfare and Old-age Care and Chairman of the Lvkang Medical Care Group, and Zhang Zhiqing, director of Sunset Home-Based Senior Service Center, made speeches under the theme of the “current situation and countermeasures in the construction of nursing assistants’ teams”, “practice and reflection on the construction of Lvkang nursing assistant teams” and “development and progress of pension industry: from the perspective of nursing assistants”, to discuss the tricky problems, approaches and long-term development of the construction of nursing assistants’ teams.
Professor Xu Hong, dean of the Health and Nursing Research Institute of Hangzhou Normal University
Zhuo yongyue, President of Medical Care & Senior Service Branch, China Association of Social Welfare and Old-age Care and Chairman of the Lvkang Medical Care Group
The successful organization of the first “529 Nursing Assistant Day of Senior Service” and the launching ceremony of the “Lvkang Time Bank” public welfare platform in Jianggan District marks a formal establishment of a festival of the nursing attendants, which will further mobilize various pension service social organizations, enterprises, senior service institutions and community residents in “serving the elderly”, enhancing the sense of mission and honor in the front-line nursing assistants, creating a social environment and atmosphere of care, filial piety and respect for the elderly, and thus promoting the healthy and sustainable development of pension undertakings and industries in the whole district.
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