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Implementing “the Expansion of the Respite Care Services for Families Hiring Domestic Caretakers” on December 1.

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Cross-Border Workforce Management Division

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2019-01-07

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2019-02-19

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To give consideration to the needs of the person being cared and the labor rights of foreign domestic caretaker, the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Health and Welfare work together to promote the“Expansion of the Respite Care Services for Families Hiring Domestic Caretakers.”From December 1, the person being cared who hires the foreign domestic caretaker may apply for the respite care services if he/she has been evaluated on disability level 7 or 8 by the local long-term care management centers, needs long-term care and lives alone, or the primarily caregiver for him/her is over age 70 with the need for long term care services. People can take advantage of this service to satisfy the caring needs of the people with disabilities and to implement the right for foreign domestic caretakers to take leave.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare originally specify that the person being cared who hires a foreign domestic caretaker may apply for subsidized respite care services only when the time that the foreign domestic caretaker cannot offer care for more than one month. Hence, if the foreign domestic caretaker takes one day off per week or takes a short leave, family members must take care of the one being cared for, pay the full amount for hiring local care worker, or purchase the caring services from the respite care institution.

The Ministry of Labor wishes to relieve the pressure for the family members of patients with disabilities, ensure the rights of foreign workers to take leave, and facilitate the harmony of employer-employee relationships. When the foreign domestic home caretaker hired cannot provide care, the person being cared may apply for residential, institutional, day and night respite care services if he/she has been evaluated on disability level 7 or 8 by the local long-term care management center, needs long-term care and lives alone, or the primarily caregiver for him/her is over age 70 with the need for long term care services.  The subsidies range from 100%, 95% or 84% of expenses depending on the household status of low-income, middle-low income or general. The relevant fund is supported by the long-term care fund and employment security fund.
 

The new measure will be implemented on December 1, 2018. People who hires a foreign domestic caretaker and needs the respite care services can call 1966 by local or mobile phone. Dedicated personnel in local long-term care management centers will provide information and consulting services for application of respite care services and relevant long-term care services.