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Long-term senior care on DPP agenda: Chen

Long-term senior care on DPP agenda: Chen

Long-term senior care on DPP agenda: Chen

The government needs to improve its system for elderly care, including the investments on new hardware and human resources management, Democratic Progressive Party vice presidential candidate Chen Chien-jen pointed out Monday.

Chen made the remarks while on a visit to the Zhi-Shan Senior Home in Taipei, where he was accompanied by DPP Legislator Pasuya Yao, legislator-at-large candidates Wang Jung-chang and Wu Yu-chin, and Taipei City Councilor Rosalia Wang.

“The question is not about the nation’s ageing population, but whether the government has enough resources to look after them,” Chen said, citing that the DPP has already carved up a 10-year plan dubbed the “long-term care services program 2.0.”

“Our goal is to develop an effective system where senior home communities and care centers around the island can benefit from the program.”

The plan, proposed by DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, will help benefit a large group of people and their families who need long-term care services, and especially for those who cannot afford private care.

Under the initiative, the government plans to inject NT$3 billion into its long-term care budget with an aim to upgrade the sector’s human resources, including the improvement on working conditions, and the strengthening of professional certification. The program also involves the increase in the number of caregivers and medical personnel in the industry.

Updated : 2021-09-19 08:08 GMT+08:00