Journal of East China Normal University(Natural Sc ›› 2018, Vol. 2018 ›› Issue (3): 157-169.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2018.03.017

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Study on spatial distribution of residential care facilities in Shanghai

CHEN Jie1,2, YAO Shen-jun1,2, WU Jian-ping1,2, HUANG Le-le1,2, REN Zhe-hao1,2   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Geographic Information Science(Ministry of Education), East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China;
    2. School of Geographic Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China
  • Received:2017-09-04 Online:2018-05-25 Published:2018-05-29

Abstract: In order to provide decision support for the development planning of residential care facilities, this study investigates spatial distribution and location selection of residential care facilities based on data from care facilities and GIS spatial analytical tools. The results show that existing nursing services can generally meet demands, but there are significant regional differences. Residential care facilities in Shanghai are spatially clustered in the central urban area. Facilities in the city center are adjacent to residential areas and medical institutions; meanwhile, the location of residential care facilities in the suburbs are isolated, probably due to a lack of medical service. Therefore, this paper suggests that the government should provide elderly residents with more nursing support in the suburbs to ensure social equity.

Key words: residential care facility, spatial analysis, regional differences, aging, Shanghai

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