First indigenous trainees in Taitung receive long-term care permits
Jan 08, 2017MarketComments Off on First indigenous trainees in Taitung receive long-term care permits
The first group of indigenous recruits received their long-term care permits Sunday after receiving 133 hours of intensive training in Taitung County, where they will eventually help to promote quality care in institutions across the southeastern Taiwan county.
A total of 27 caregivers received their permits from the Taitung Hospital, which was tasked by the Taitung County government to train its first batch of indigenous recruits.
The initiative is part of the central government's "long-term care program 2.0," which focuses on building localized care institutions to establish a high-quality, affordable and extensive system.
The long-term care services will come in three models: community-based integrated service centers, combined daycare service centers and long-term neighborhood care stations.
"With more and more tribal elders seeking long-term care, the demand for licensed caregivers in rural Taitung becomes increasingly urgent," said Wu Huei-chin (???), director of the county government's Indigenous Peoples Department.
With Taiwan increasingly becoming an aged society, the number of aging population in Taitung has risen by 7 percent since 1998, she said, adding that the county government and the Taitung Hospital will soon assist the graduates in looking for caregiving work across Taitung's daycare centers, retirement homes, and medical facilities.
Taitung is one of 10 cities and counties around Taiwan with at least 14 percent of their population aged 65 or older.