Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
MaryKate Morse, PhD
Annissa Lui, PhD
Jason Clark, PhD, DMin
The need for not for profit organizations to develop new paradigms to care for the elderly is increasingly important, given the challenges of a rapidly aging population across the globe; and particularly in China. Concerns related to this growing age wave are compounded by political and social shifts within society. Over the past few decades, China has experienced immense demographic shifts and changes in terms of long-term care needs for older adults. For example, a recent report by the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics published that there was an estimated 185 million people over the age of 60 (Shobert, Senior Care in China: Challenges and Opportunities 2012).
This qualitative, adapted case study shared the experience of one individuals’ journey of opening and implementing a consulting business in China through a Continuing Care Retirement Community paradigm. The research explored the evolution of eldercare and the present-day challenges of caring for the elderly in China. Furthermore, the study conveyed key business plan models and learning theories that aided in the process of opening facilities oversees. The experience generated numerous artifacts in the way of trainings, power point visuals, and policy and procedure manuals. Last, specific components outlining lessons learned regarding the adaption of an organizations mission, vision, and values and key practices in another culture were used to shape the recommendations in the study. Recommendations include furthering the study of memory support programs and facilities for Alzheimer’s disease in a different culture. Other recommendations for study could focus on the evolution of Assisted Living and Home Care services in China. Last recommendation could be to follow up with Taikang’s first CCRC and compare how the Chinese CCRC is similar and different from an ABHOW CCRC.
Steele, Mark A., "Eldercare in China: Lessons from the Trenches - One Organization's Experience Planning, Training, and Consulting to Open a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Beijing" (2019). Doctor of Ministry. 363.