By: Chen Ching-fang and Lillian Lin
Taipei, July 4 (CNA) Taiwan relies heavily on migrant workers from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam to provide long-term care services to families with disabled and elderly people, employing around 210,000 foreign caregivers.
Statistics released by the Ministry of Health and Welfare show that more than 800,000 persons on the island are not capable of taking care of themselves, among whom only a little over 90,000 are currently in nursing homes, while the lion’s share of more than 700,000 are being looked after by family members and caregivers.
Currently, of the some 210,000 foreigners working as caregivers in Taiwan, 90% are working with families, and only 10% are employed by senior or disabled nursing homes. [FULL STORY]