Zhang Song and Lei Jing-Wen
This chapter reflects on challenges aged care facility operators face in developing and operating such facilities in China. Interviews and surveys with development and operation companies of aged care facilities were conducted, where opposition from communities was cited as a major challenge due to cultural taboos against death. This is despite the Chinese traditions of honouring filial piety and in respecting and caring for the elderly. Such community opposition highlights the changing social structures of modern China, and the newness of specifically constructed aged care facilities as a way to housing and caring for the elderly. Without government support and intervention, the severity of community opposition has led to projects being abandoned. This was irrespective of their size and mix of functions. This chapter concludes with potential solutions to addressing these issues.