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MOL to allow assigned domestic services under new Act

MOL to allow assigned domestic services under new Act

MOL to allow assigned domestic services under new Act

In a bid to further improve the quality of domestic care, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) expects to implement a new law next year that would allow foreign helpers to extend their expertise through assigned services, reports said Monday.

After having been put under legislative review for four years, the Legislative Yuan finally passed a draft bill in May on “Long-term Care Services Act,” a new law that would pave the way for long-term care services in Taiwan.

The act would allow for employed, personal and family caregivers to be systematically incorporated into the long-term care system framework, with the former group, including migrant caregivers, provided with training, the MOL said.

According to Chen Shih-chang, deputy director of the Workforce Development Agency, the new law would also enable domestic firms or related agencies to extend their long-term care services door-to-door, as existing law stipulates that migrant caregivers can only be placed by individual homes needing such service or through local broker.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) said it is also devising complementary measures including regulations for long-term care institutions, subsidies and incentives for developing long-term care resources, standards for establishing long-term care institutions, and requirements for restructuring existing institutions.

In recent years, large numbers of workers have been from Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. According to the MOL statistics, there are currently 219,552 foreign caregivers in Taiwan, with 174,622 from Indonesia.