Young experts sought for Long-term Care 2.0 program
Jan 17, 2017MarketComments Off on Young experts sought for Long-term Care 2.0 program
The government wants to attract more young people to work in the long-term care field. That's the word from Deputy Health Minister Lu Pau-ching on Tuesday.
Lu is in charge of planning and promoting the government's so-called Long-term Care 2.0 program, which recently came into operation. In an interview with RTI, Lu said the new program has expanded its target demographics. It now includes seniors who are plains aborigines and older people who are physically incapacitated or who have dementia. Lu said the new program integrates community-based and neighborhood-based service centers to ensure that seniors have access to services at all times.
Lu said the cost of the new program will be split between the government and those who use it, with the government paying the larger part.
Lu said, According to our current plan, the cost of service will be split between the government and the beneficiaries. If you are from a low-income household, you are entitled to all the services that your local care center has planned for you, free of charge. If you are from medium-to-low-income family, you will need to pay 10% of the total service cost; if you are from an average income family, you need to be pay 30%, the government will pay for the rest.
Lu addressed concerns that the program does not have enough personnel. She said that the government has adjusted the pay structure to ensure the basic salary of caregivers.
Lu also said a clear career path is needed to attract more young people to the industry and this is part of the plan.
We are hoping to create a career path so it is possible for a person to start off as a caregiver and gradually move on to be a supervisor, principle, and one day run their own long-term care center, or start a social enterprise," said Lu. "All this is possible. As long as a person is willing to gain experience working at a long-term care center, they will become an expert one day. I believe that 'long-term care expert' will be the next sought after job for Taiwan's young people.
Lu said the government will continue to work hard to promote the new program.