|標 題：||The Council of Indigenous People Takes the Initiative to Promote Long-term Care Services for Indigenous People|
In response to the petition of the indigenous groups in the Office of the President today (December 8) to extend their opinion on government’s failing to fulfill the commitments of making the long-term care for Indigenous People and taking long-term care services for the Indigenous People, following are the statements for promoting the long-term care services for the Indigenous People made by the Council:
In the end of 2016, the Executive Yuan audited and approved the Long-term Care 10-Year Plan 2.0, which was first included in the paper of [Long-term Care for Indigenous People], thereby allocating the long-term care resources in a deeper manner, providing the seniors in the tribes with culturally sensitive long-term care services. The Council stated that the Council and the Health and Welfare Ministry shall divide the responsibilities based on their specialty and be responsible for promoting the Culture & Health Station with cultural sensitivity to subsidize the local private groups (churches, associations and public interest groups) and hire the local indigenous people to take care of the seniors in the tribes. Moreover, it intends to establish a Long-term Care Foundation to provide budget for Culture & Health Station. By now, there have been 169 Culture & Health Stations throughout the nation and 486 local caregivers have been employed to serve for about 5508 seniors. It’s estimated to set up 250 stations in 2018.
The Council expressed that it had executed the projects and standardized the responsibilities subject to the provisions set forth in [Long-term Care for Indigenous People], with which to put the long-term care policies for Indigenous People into force. The policies will be amended on an annual basis to overcome the problems of insufficient resources for long-term care and non-applicableness of relevant laws and regulations. For example, as for the land use policies, construction control regulations and other space limitations, after reporting, the Health and Welfare Ministry had issued liberal provisions on June 3, 2018 as described in [Establishment Standards for Long-term Care Institutions] and [Licensing for Establishing Long-term Care Service Institutions and Management Practices], which meant that their offspring could replace the use of land permits with construction safety certification. Furthermore, in terms of cultivation and post retention for long-term caregivers in indigenous villages, since the second half year of 2017, the Council has adopted the opinions proposed by the tribes to transform the daily wage system into monthly wage system for the caregivers in Culture & Health Station to improve the local talent retention willingness. More importantly, the long-term care services for Indigenous People shall build up the service connotation with cultural sensitivity to get close to the needs of the seniors in the tribes, thereby developing a service mode with life, language and cultural contents of the Indigenous People
To open up to and collect the views from the indigenous people from all walks of life, the Council would set up a long-term care promotion team for Indigenous People in November 2017. The participants include tribal or ethic representatives and the experts or private groups with experience in long-term care services for Indigenous People. The first session of meeting was held yesterday (December 7) to include the opinions of members as reference for promoting the long-term care policies for the Indigenous People in the future and serve as an important platform and foundation to communicate with the Health and Welfare Ministry, expecting to construct a long-term care system and mode in line with the actual demands of the tribal and indigenous people.