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Taiwan set to relax rules on hiring foreign caretakers

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Taiwan set to relax rules on hiring foreign caretakers

Taipei, July 9 (CNA)
Taiwan's Executive Yuan on Thursday announced that it will relax regulations to allow foreign caretakers to be hired to take care of people aged 85 and over with mild disabilities.
Under the current regulations, foreign caretakers can only be hired to take care of individuals with grave physical or mental diseases.
Foreign workers can also be hired to care for those aged 80 and over who have been assessed and determined to require heavily dependent care, as well as elderly people under the age of 80 who have been determined by a medical institution as requiring all-day care.
The rules are expected to be relaxed as early as August, and are estimated to benefit 35,000 elderly people, or 60 percent of elders aged 85 and over with mild disabilities in Taiwan, said Liu Chug-chun, director-general of the Ministry of Labor's Workforce Development Agency.
There are currently around 100,000 elders aged 85 or over with moderate to severe disabilities in Taiwan and 60 percent of them are being looked after by foreign caretakers, Liu said.
The relaxing of the rules is aimed at providing better care for elders with mild disabilities and to prevent their conditions from worsening, according to the Executive Yuan.
After the new rules are implemented, employers can apply for the eligible elders to be cared for by foreign caretakers once the senior citizens have been evaluated by a medical institution and have been determined as requiring care, according to the Workforce Development Agency.
There are currently around 220,000 foreign caretakers in Taiwan, mostly from Indonesia. (By Zoe Wei and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-24 01:28 GMT+08:00