The number of institutions and the money spent on helping mentally and physically challenged people increased last year compared with 2009, the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday, attributing the increase to improvements in care for disadvantaged groups.
“As of the end of last year, there were 276 institutions dealing with mentally and physically challenged people in the country, a 2.2 percent increase compared with 2009,” the ministry said in a press release.
“In addition, payments to mentally and physically challenged people amounted to NT$22 billion [US$767 billion], a 5.1 percent increase compared with the same period in 2009.”
Those 276 institutions included long-term and short-term care -centers, as well as daycare centers for mentally and physically challenged people, the ministry said.
The ministry would continue to help build community-based, small-scale care centers, as well as help to train professional caregivers, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the ministry said the NT$22 billion in expenditure had been spent on pensions, financial aid, purchasing equipment for care facilities and medical treatment.
“The 5.1 percent increase in the budget reflected not only growth in the number of mentally and physically challenged people, but also the fact that the ministry has revised its regulations to increase budget allowances for the purchase of medical and auxiliary equipment to enhance the lives of people with disabilities,” it said.