Taiwan to consider respite care system
Taiwan’s current long term care 2.0 does not cater to the needs of 220,000 families who require specially trained foreign long term senior home care nurses. These untrained foreign long term senior home care nurses must have over one month of free time so they can apply for respite care service training, and this cannot meet the needs of these families.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare has been asked to establish a training system for respite care services for Taiwanese families that hire foreign long term senior home care nurses to provide institutional respite care and in-home respite care services.
An 87-year-old woman now being taken care of by an Indonesian home care nurse suffered dementia 13 years ago in 2005. Her husband who is the same age as she refuses to commit her to a senior nursing home because of reports of abuses in some of these nursing homes.
An 80-year-old woman who has two adult sons who work cannot be adequately taken care of 24 hours a day. Although the family applied for long term care 2.0 programs, these government services have been unable to provide 24-hour in-home care for the family.
Most foreign long term senior home care nurses working in Taiwanese homes are untrained in senior care, and there is no respite care service. These foreign long term senior home care nurses do not have the spare time to receive outside training once they begin work for their Taiwanese host families.