Premier William Lai has pledged to cope with the issues arising from the country’s graying population. Lai was speaking Friday at an event featuring the launch of a new long-term care hotline.
Lai said Taiwan has become an aging society because seniors aged 65 or over make up 14% of the total population.
The premier said the 10-year, long-term care program introduced by the government this year is an improvement on an earlier model. The program offers subsidies and new community-based services. A new hotline set up on Friday is intended to make arranging home visits easier.
Lai said caregivers must have patience and love because the people they care for may have a range of physical and mental health conditions. Lai said they should consider their work an act of charity to the nation. He said, "[Caregivers] might say that a paycheck of about NT$30,000 is not good enough, and that the working conditions are already beyond the threshold they can cope with. And they have difficulty in offering tender loving care. I want to encourage caregivers who are in the front line that they should treat their work as a charitable act for Taiwan’s society."