Mao announces launch of elderly caretaking measures
Premier Mao Chi- kuo ( ) announced yesterday that the Executive Yuan has launched a series of elderly caretaking services that are ready to be integrated into citizen resources in the near future.
The premier made the remarks in the Executive Yuan’s weekly meeting yesterday, saying that the caretaking services were designed to be more complete and well developed than previous projects with the same goals.
In order to speed up the process of making the services available to citizens, Mao called for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) to continue its operation in reforming the current caretaking system.
In previous media reports, private elderly care centers were busted for acts of violence toward thir wards, as caretakers were accused of losing their patience and beating the elderly multiple times.
Cases such as these reflect the problems the caretaking industry faces, as well as the needs of bedridden and ill elderly citizens and the services provided by similar caretaking centers, said Mao.
“The Ministry of Health and Welfare is advised to reflect on the management of said caretaking centers, the training of staff and the referral of individual cases, as well as related standard procedures, and locate the issues in need of reform. Possible ways of reform are to be proposed, and the MHW should keep an eye on the centers and assist local government chapters in doing the same, so the wards and their families will be able to drop their concerns,” said Mao.
The caretaking system is divided into the two major groups of caretakers and their wards, but people tend to focus their attention on the receivers of care, leaving heavy pressure on the caretakers without noticing it, Mao pointed out. “The past cases of caretaking violence have occurred when the elderly are being transferred to one center from another without the receiving center’s consent and whether or not the caretakers were available for extra wards,” said Mao.
The long-term caretaking bill draft that is yet to be discussed in the Legislature includes special regulations that cater to family caretakers who are carrying heavy workloads and face extreme pressure from their work, as well as providing extra social support and subsidies, said the premier.