Veterans homes to double as daycare centers


TAIPEI,Taiwan — Premier Chang Chun-hsiung announced yesterday that 18 veterans homes and 10 veterans medical institutions will be opened to provide daycare services for the elderly.

Chang said the move is aimed at helping the underprivileged elderly to get appropriate service and medical care, moving Taiwan toward the goal of becoming a “just” society.

The premier made the remarks when he presided over the inauguration of a daycare center at a veteran’s home in Panchiao, Taipei County. Also present were Executive Yuan Secretary-General Chen Chin-jun, Veterans Affairs Commission (VAC) Chairman Hu Cheng-pu and legislators from across the party spectrum.

Chang said the VAC’s sharing of its resources with the public will help the underprivileged and boost employment, which he said will let “more people feel the warmth of society.”

Hu said the commission has been working with a “mega-warmth” program implemented by the Executive Yuan, using the currently available medical resources to take care of the elderly at the community level.

“The veterans homes will move toward the goal of becoming a multi-functional welfare institution for the elderly,” Hu said.

Local newspaper China Times has reported that the 18 veterans homes will be able to provide nearly 1,500 beds for the daycare service. The expenses for daily transportation and three meals per day will be around NT$7,000 (US$212) a month, the report said.

The report also said that elderly people of middle or low incomes, as well as mentally or physically challenged elderly people, will be given priority, with services available to the general population of elderly depending on the number of remaining vacancies.