Providing care services to all elderly a government responsibility: premier

  • Date: 2016-06-05
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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Providing  the  elderly  comprehensive  care  services  that  meet  their  needs  is  a  government  responsibility,  so  the  Executive  Yuan  is  determined  to  promote  a  long-term  care  system  and  give  every  senior  citizen  in  Taiwan  opportunities  for  more  care  and  services,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  said  today  when  visiting  the  Taipei  City  Haoran  Senior  Citizens  Home.

According  to  the  Ministry  of  Health  and  Welfare  (MOHW),  the  Executive  Yuan  has  established  a  long-term  care  promotion  taskforce  that  will  bring  together  the  central  government,  local  authorities  and  the  public  to  review  the  current  system  and  promote  a  “national  10-year  long-term  care  plan  2.0.”  Tax  revenues  will  be  allocated  to  increase  the  program’s  funding,  and  the  plan  will  be  integrated  with  the  rest  of  the  health  care  system  to  provide  diverse,  continuous  and  comprehensive  long-term  care  services.

As  the  Dragon  Boat  Festival  is  on  June  9,  Premier  Lin  wished  the  home’s  residents  a  happy  holiday  and  brought  them  the  festival’s  signature  culinary  fare—zongzi  (glutinous  rice  dumplings  with  filling,  wrapped  and  steamed  in  bamboo  leaves)—as  well  as  money  for  their  holiday  meal.  In  return,  the  premier  was  presented  with  a  pottery  piece  named  “Peace.”  Later  he  joined  the  residents  in  a  workout  session.

The  Haoran  Senior  Citizens  Home  is  the  only  public  nursing  home  in  Taipei  City,  said  the  MOHW.  The  facility,  which  was  established  in  1968,  has  worked  with  Taipei  City  Hospital’s  Yangming  Branch  to  provide  the  elderly  integrated  health  services  and  has  also  offered  them  a  variety  of  counseling  activities  and  group  therapies  to  meet  their  needs.  In  addition  to  promoting  healthy  living  and  active  aging,  the  home  offers  courses  to  encourage  lifelong  learning.