Mao an­nounces launch of el­derly care­tak­ing mea­sures

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY KATHER­INE WEI

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.

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