Trial of long-term care plan starts Nov. 1
Organization: Department of International Cooperation Publish Date: 2016-11-07 17:10
Sources: Focus Taiwan; Taipei Times
President Tsai Ing-wen believes the long-term care program is a major policy contributing to social stability and urges everyone to pitch in to make it a success, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang stated Oct. 31, 2016.
Huang said President Tsai reiterated during a Democratic Progress Party (DPP) coordination meeting Oct. 31 that Taiwan is fast becoming a "super-aged" society and that long-term care has become a pressing issue.
The long-term care plan is crucial in addressing this problem. The goal of the plan is to build a "quality, affordable and accessible" long-term service system to lessen the burden on families, improve seniors' quality of life and guarantee a post-retirement life of dignity and care for seniors at the community level. Close cooperation between the central and local governments is needed for the plan to succeed. Thirteen DPP local government heads were invited to attend the meeting.
According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the program aims to provide services by building three tiers of long-term care facilities: tier-A general service centers, tier-B daycare service centers and tier-C neighborhood service stations. At least one tier-A general service center will be set up in each administrative district, and up to two or more in populous areas. Regarding tier-B centers, at least one will be established in the vicinity of each junior high school, while one tier-C local service station is planned to be set up in every three villages or boroughs.
The ministry said 20 cities and counties have submitted their long-term care proposals, and nine have been granted approval to begin the program on a trial basis starting from Nov. 1, 2016.