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City Vows to Invest Effort in Elderly Long Term Care
With the number of elderly people aged 65 or older estimated to account for over 20 percent of Taipei’s total population by 2021, Department of Health (DOH) has launched the “Ten-Year Long Term Care 2.0” campaign to cope with the growing needs of senior residents.According to DOH Commissioner Huang Shier-chieg, the “Long-Term Care Management Center” has serviced tens of thousands of people with such needs and provided support for their families since its establishment in 2008. Through continued case tracking effort, the City seeks to realize the vision of holistic care.
The services available at Long-Term Care Management Center include in-home rehabilitation and medical care, community services, day care, nursing for institutionalized elderly, support for caregivers, dementia prevention, and more. Professional staff will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of incapacitated seniors regarding their ability to communicate and move about, the extent to which they are engaged in social activities, their sentiments and behaviors, the living environment, and other aspects. In so doing, customized services will be provided for the elderly through integration of available resources, while relieving the burden of caregivers. To access the services, call 02-2537-1099 or visit http://health.gov.taipei/Default.aspx?tabid=879 (Chinese). You can also turn to nearby hospitals, the twelve district health centers, borough offices, and senior service centers for help.