Rewards for Families Visiting Their Loved Ones in Care
Would you visit your elderly loved ones more often if you were given vouchers for every visit?
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In eastern China a nursing home is giving vouchers to people who visit their elderly loved ones on a regular basis.
The facility in the city of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province that is offering the vouchers believe that regular visits from family members mean improved quality of life for elderly members. Authorities in China have recently been trying to increase filial piety (a virtue of respect for one's parents, elders, and ancestors), which is what led to the idea behind the vouchers.
Since introducing the initiative, the care home has said that the number of people visiting regularly has increased greatly. The first batch of awards that were handed out cost more than 30,000 yuan (£3425) in total, with the biggest reward being worth 200 yuan (just over £22), which is given to those visitors who attend 30 times during 2 months.
In a recent BBC article a resident at the care home said that the incentive for visitors has made a real difference to him. Mr Wu told the BBC “My son has come to see me a lot more than before – it seems as though this ‘award’ has played a role”.