Taiwan's loosened regulations on respite care to take effect Dec. 1

A total of NT$182 million was allocated by the government to implement short-term relief options for foreign caregivers

Foreign workers in Taiwan

Foreign workers in Taiwan (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In order to secure foreign caregivers health and well-being, as well as to financially support Taiwanese families who require extra assistance on a temporary basis, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) on Nov. 26, announced that relaxed regulations for respite care services will go into effect on Dec. 1.

Under the new regulations, Taiwanese nationals who have hired foreign caregivers to take care of their family members with a severe disability, or those that require limited assistance, such as individuals living alone or those whose primary caregiver is over 70 years old, will be eligible for the respite care assistance, CNA reported.

Furthermore, qualified applicants can apply for a maximum of 21 days of respite care services annually which can help to cover the periods which employers are required by law to grant to their regular foreign caregivers.

After passing the review process, families and caregivers are now able to receive government-funded short-term relief assistance. However, the amount of subsidy provided shall depend on the economic situation of the household.

A low income household will be given full funded respite care services, while a middle -to-low income and average income households will be assisted with 95 percent and 84 percent of the cost, respectively.

Earlier reports from CNA said that a total amount of NT$182 million (US$4.79 million) was allocated by the government to implement short-term relief assistance programs for caregivers and to give assistance to the families.

An estimated number of 28,000 households could benefit from the alleviation of respite care services, CNA reported. Families or foreign caregivers that would like to arrange for respite services, or who would like more information can call the number 1966.

As of August this year, the number of foreign caregivers in Taiwan reached 253,679 employees, with the majority of them coming from Indonesia (193,187), and others from the Philippines (31,600) and Vietnam (28,392), according to statistics from the National Immigration Agency.