Exploring the community-based service delivery model: Elderly care in China

Qingwen Xu, Julian C. Chow

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In response to the rapidly growing need for social services among China's population, particularly for older people, the government has begun to explore the community-based service delivery model. Using the recent developments in China's care of older people as a case study example, this article documents the progress of community-based service delivery for the aged living in the community, and explores the community's evolving role in China's social service delivery system. China's model - a horizontal-vertical mixed model - presents a new perspective of defining service delivery and community practice, which has various implications and broadens the view of Western social work practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-387
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2011


  • China
  • care of older people
  • community service
  • service delivery model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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