Secretary general of Taiwan Association of Family Caregivers Chen, Jing-Ning gave a speech in Asia University

Secretary general of Taiwan Association of Family Caregivers, Jing-Ning Chen, was invited to Asia University to give a speech on " Multi-services for family caregivers."

Department of Healthcare Administration, Asia University invited Secretary General Jing-Ning Chen to talk to students on the topic of "Multi-services for Family Caregivers," in the series of talks on "Long-Term Care and Healthcare Management Issues" on December 11, 2018.

Secretary General Chen first elaborated on the issue of care responsibility. Who should take care of the disabled? Is it the government or the family caregivers’ responsibility? Secretary General Chen pointed out that many family caregivers are constrained in the traditional concept that caring for the elderly is their responsibility. Family caregivers should know that they taking care of the disabled is not necessarily their responsibility. It is Okay for not being a caregiver and it is their right to do other things. The policy of "Long-term-care 2.0" is to relieve family caregivers’ pressure. Secretary General Chen said that, when pressured to assume a caregiver role, some caregivers may not know how to look for help and the pressure might lead to domestic tragedies. A care plan should be used not only for the care recipient, but also for the caregiver. Secretary General Chen also mentioned that the Taiwan Association of Family Caregivers is the first public nonprofit group in the country to promote the rights and services of caregivers.  With helps from a diverse care system, it is dedicated to reducing family members being forced into a caregiver role. Taiwan Association of Family Caregivers also provides support for caregivers to reduce their stress. The goals and strategies of the Family Caregiver Care Association are to speak for family caregivers. They provide educational programs, policy initiatives, professional training, service innovation, evaluation supervision and so on.

Secretary General Chen also explained the situations of family caregivers in Taiwan. There are about 760,000 disabled people (including the elderly, physically and mentally handicapped people) in the country. More than half of them are being taken care of by family caregivers. Thirty percent of them are take care by hired foreign care workers. The average time spent in disability is 9.9 years. Because the family caregivers would take care of these disabled people for a long time, their social, economic and family relationships could be burdened. If the national Long-term-care system can take the responsibility, the burden of the caregiver can be alleviated. No one should be in an "excessive sacrifice" situation because of their families need care. A popular myth in Taiwan is from the filial piety culture. Some caregivers are reluctant to send their families to long-term care institutions. They are afraid of criticisms from their neighbors. However, most people don’t understand the hardship of the caregiver. Some caregivers refuse to looking for helps from outside the family. They think that caring for their families is their responsibility; Furthermore, some people don’t trust the long-term system.  they don’t know much about long-term care services and they don’t understand how to communicated. The implementation of policy of long-term care needs more long-term care education.



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