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Long-term caregivers need relief

By Kung Ling-shin 孔令信

The failure to disseminate this information among families in need is a major obstacle for the program.

Elderly people are caring for other elderly people and an increasing number of middle-aged adults are quitting their jobs to return home to care for elderly parents. While the ailing family members are clearly the ones in need of long-term care services, the caregivers — whether a husband, wife, parent, child, sibling or foreign worker — experience physical and mental exhaustion that can accumulate to an overwhelming degree over time.

The caregiving often restricts the life, space and freedoms of the caregiver, but the program’s respite care services do not sufficiently address this. The government and the general public must be more aware of what caregivers at home undergo and target their needs.

Kung Ling-shin is chairman of the Chinese Society for Life and Death Studies.

Translated by Chang Ho-ming

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