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President Tsai Visited Bafu Yishan Culture & Health Station in Xincheng Village, Hualien Expecting the Implementation of Long-term Care System in Every Corner of Taiwan

  • 更新時間:2020/04/21 11:32:27

Accompanied by Director Icyang‧Parod, Legislator Hsiao, Mei-Chin and Legislator Chen, Ying-Li, President Tsai, Ing-Wen supervised Bafu Yishan Culture & Health Station this morning (1st) to learn about the status quo of long-term care service in Culture & Health Station and the reconstruction of forward-looking infrastructure plan.

Upon the arrival of President Tsai, the elders of Culture & Health Station warmly welcomed her visit with a warm dance and the Chairman of Bafu Yishan Culture & Health Station introduced the forward-looking infrastructure reconstruction, the long-term care situation of elders and the local caring modes. During the visit, the President listened to the elders’ sharing of their life in Culture and Health Station, understood their care needs, and then accompanied them to have a meal together and enjoy the traditional nutritious food of the local people.

President Tsai said that shortly after taking office, she went to the Tafalong Tribe in Hualien County and heard that the elders of the tribe expressed that the indigenous tribe really needed long-term care. So with the government’s Long-term Care Policy 2.0, the promotion of care for indigenous people was accelerated, the growth of the budget increased by 10 times, so more indigenous elders could receive perfect care in their familiar environment. President Tsai also expressed her special thanks to attendants of Culture & Health Station for their love and patience and for assuming the important first-line care responsibilities of the society. This job was trustworthy and respected. Therefore, their salaries should be relatively increased to make their lives free of worries. Attendants took care of the elders, and the state should also take care of these attendants. In the next stage, we hope that the young people of the tribe could participate in the local and indigenous tribal industries, so that more young people could return to the tribe.

The Director of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, Icyang, said that since the promotion of the Culture & Health Station Plan, thanks to the attention of President Tsai, the Executive Yuan approved the 10-year Long-term Care Plan 2.0 on December 9, 2016, especially including the long-term care for Indigenous Peoples in the special chapter. In April 2017, when the Council was convened to hold a meeting with the Ministry of Health and Welfare, President Tsai specially instructed that more subsidies should be provided for the construction of Culture & and Health Station by the Council. Therefore, since the second half of 2017, the funds for Culture & and Health Station would be subsidized by Long-term Care Fund instead of the unstable financial resources provided by public welfare lottery.

The three priorities of the plan for next year (2020) are as follows:

I. The monthly salary for attendants would be raised to NT$ 33,000:

In 2020, compared with the level C lane and alley station, the salary of the attendants would be increased again, from the original NT $27,000 to NT $33,000. Credited to the salary rise, we encouraged the indigenous people who worked outside to return to their hometown and work as attendants, cultivated the local professional attendants, implemented government’s policy of promoting long-term care to promote employment and stabilized the care service for elders.

II. The budget exceeded NT $1 billion:

In 2020, more than NT $1 billion was injected as long-term care and development fund, a 10 fold increase compared with NT $90 million in 2016; we would deepen the care capacity of Culture & Health Station, develop ethnic and local care services according to the care needs of the elders in the area, and build the second home for the elders of the tribe.

III. 66 Culture & Health Stations would be added to achieve the goal of 380 stations nationwide:

Culture & Health Stations had been widely built in various indigenously ethnic tribes and the indigenous ethnic settlements of the metropolis. Hualien had now set up 65 stations. In 2019, the government of Hualien County would be subsidized by the Council to establish Culture & Health Station, which would be increased to NT $154,718,193. Next year (2020) would achieve the goal of setting 380 Culture & Health Stations specified in the Ten-year Plan of Long-term Care 2.0. Those intend to apply for the establishment of Culture & Health Station should pay close attention to the announcement information of the local government and provide the application information to the local government for preliminary examination before November 15. It was expected that the approved list of Culture & Health Station in 2020 would be announced by the end of 2019.

During the President’s visit, the Culture & Health Station specially arranged the attendants and elders to share their experience of care and being taken care of. The attendant Hsiang, Yu-Ying (Amis) said that the vitality of the elders of the tribe would motivate the attendants. She was a single mother and she especially thanked to the Council for raising her salary and improving her family economy, so that she could take care of her family; Chen, A-Mei (Amei), the elder of the tribe, said that when she had not participated in Culture & Health Station in the past, she would use crutches every day. Later, after joining Culture & Health Station, she and her husband would come to Culture & Health Station hand in hand to enjoy the happy courses every day. Life became lively and happy, and her body became healthy. Crutches were not needed any more.

Director Icyang stated that the Council would work with the Ministry of Health and Welfare in the future, in combination with local governments and non-governmental organizations, to deepen the care quality of Culture & Health Station, expand the establishment of Culture & Health Station and improve the professional ability of the attendants, so that the elderly could live in a healthy and safe place and the tribes have more care energy. He also looked forward to the young people willing to return home to participate in the care work and live together with the elderly. It was also expected that young people would be willing to return home to participate in the caring work and live with the elders.

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