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Kinmen May Learn from Others for Its LTC 2.0

Kinmen May Learn from Others for Its LTC 2.0
Reporter: Wong Wei-Jhih/County Government

With the launch of the Long-Term Care Plan 2.0 (LTC 2.0), many problems have also emerged in Kinmen as it advances towards long-term care. Deputy Magistrate Wu Cherng-Dean said earlier when presiding over the LTC promotion group meeting that although LTC 2.0 has brought significant challenges to Kinmen, we should not be afraid of any of them. We also believe that as long as we face the problems with courage, through investigating and integrating LTC 2.0 related resources we will be able to provide our countrymen better-quality long-term care services.
Due to the increase of services from 8 items in LTC 1.0 to 17 items in LTC 2.0, only by cultivating and training more LTC professionals in the future can better-quality and proper LTC services be provided locally, to maintain and improve senior citizens’ health care and quality of life, and extend the Healthy Life Expectancy (HALE) of our countrymen.
A survey shows that among Kinmen’s permanent population, the number of senior citizens aged over 65 is over 10,000, or close to 20%; 20% of the population being older people is the standard to define a “super-aged” society, which also highlights the urgent need for long-term care in Kinmen.
In addition, according to the LTC 2.0 service system established by the government, LTC institutions are divided into Type-A, community-based integrated service centers, Type-B, compound day care centers, and Type-C, long-term care stations. It is necessary to investigate current resources in Kinmen, so as to ensure the sustainability of LTC, and meet Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai’s vision of building Kinmen as a “healthcare island for the silver-haired generation”.
As an aging society is an inevitable outcome in the future, it becomes more and more important to cultivate LTC practice and management professionals and to designate LTC bases. He Cing-Song, Chairman of the Department of Long Term Care of National Quemoy University, announced that the LTC Department’s first class of 42 students successfully graduated last month. Among these LTC new bloods, most have already held a caregiver license and performed quite well. During school, they paid regular visits every year to the Home to All and Fu-Ten Home to help taking care of disabled people, visited nursing institutions such as Songboyuan Long-term Care Center for the Elderly, and assisted the County’s elderly associations to organize activities. By teaching others, they have learned more skills and are definitely competent for the community-based LTC tasks in the future.
As for the designation of LTC bases, Director Chen Shih-Bao of the Social Affairs Department of the County said that according to his observation, he believes the community should be the main area to seek key breakthroughs. Educating community residents the long-term care concept is also needed, so as to make the extension of LTC bases worthwhile. He also proposed that Deputy Magistrate form an observation group to visit Taiwan, learning about the operational models of community-based day care centers, so that the elderly in Kinmen with such needs can also receive care in their communities to enjoy their old age.
Take Penghu County, which is also an offshore island, as an example. Its government is currently repurposing the idle space created from the merging of Guoye Primary School in Husi Township. Combining the use of intelligent technology products, a number of multi-purposed spaces have been designed including the "rehabilitation center", "assistive devices display center", "long-term care consultation station", and "intelligent healthcare customer service center". Ideas like this, which aim to include the whole county in an "intelligent LTC 2.0i” long-term care service model, deserve to be a model for our county.
In addition, the Penghu County Government plans to set up LTC stations in Husi, Wang’an and Cimei townships in the future, integrating LTC resource networks of the County’s social and health services and planning to develop the "Penghu County LTC Service APP" software for the public to download and use. There are also plans to set up one share-care center and several service stations for dementia care, further combining local human resources including new immigrants, young students and re-employed workers and providing them with professional training in order to build the workforce for LTC services.
In the end, the County is also committed to reducing the uneven distribution of LTC resources between urban and rural areas, so that senior citizens can receive "localized", "individualized" and "humanized" health care and preventive care, to enjoy a longer and healthier life and the basic “human right” to the LTC service, and to develop Penghu County into an age-friendly and healthy LOHAS Island.

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  • Date:2017-12-12