Taipei steps up free at-home training for foreign caregivers

There will be additional medication safety, living environment safety, dementia care techniques, and social resources linkage training

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(Taipei City Foreign and Disabled Labor Office photo)

(Taipei City Foreign and Disabled Labor Office photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taipei City will continue to provide free at-home training for the city’s foreign caregivers to help them sharpen their caregiving skills and adapt to the local environment, after having provided the service for a year.

According to the city government, training in medication safety, living environment safety, dementia care techniques, and social resources linkage will be added to this year's services plan. City statistics indicate there are approximately 44,143 foreign caretakers in Taipei – about 1,000 more than last year.

The training sessions will be provided by a team consisting of nurses and bilingual interpreters.

“First, health management assessment of the care recipients is conducted,” the city said in a news release. “Then, the team will provide one-on-one instructions for foreign caregivers with respect to the necessary and appropriate skills and daily life counseling, such as oral care, turning patients in bed and patting their backs, moving patients, and other simple movements.”

Foreign and Disabled Labor Office (FDLO) Director Yeh Hsiu-shan (葉琇姍) said the training program will improve migrant workers’ care techniques and establish a friendly communication channel.

“Ultimately, the care recipient’s overall life quality will be greatly improved, and the goal of bringing in dedicated migrant workers that satisfy hirers will be achieved,” Yeh added

FDLO expects to provide services to 480 families before the end of November. Any family in need of the service is welcome to send in their applications, the agency said.

For more details, please call the information hotline: (02) 8648-8388 ext. 121 and Ms. Chen, or reach out to FDLO at (02) 2338-1600 ext. 4211.

(Taipei City Foreign and Disabled Labor Office video)