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FDLO Organizes Course on Care for Dementia Patients

Poster promoting the class on dementia patient careTo enhance the knowledge and skills of foreign caretakers looking after dementia patients, the Foreign and Disabled Labor Office (FDLO) will offer free classes to train them in this area. The coursework will cover basic knowledge of dementia, day-to-day caregiving, and meal preparation tips. Registration is now open.
 
Labor Commissioner Chen Hsin-yu remarked that many foreign caretakers speak different languages and come from completely different cultures. The training also educates these caretakers on how to recognize signs of their patients and how to better communicate with them. The program also encourages caretakers and family members of the patients to come up with caretaking plans jointly during class to improve the quality of care provided.
 
To ensure that both the caretaker and the employer family can participate in the classes, DOL will arrange caretaking personnel to look after the patient when classes are in session.
 
According to statistics, as of July 2020, there are 42,784 migrant workers working in the social welfare sector in Taipei. Nearly half of the families requiring long-term care service rely on these migrant workers. Some of the common problems that trouble these employer families include language, caregiving technique, and meal preparation. By organizing five free classes on dementia patient care, FDLO hopes to equip migrant caregivers with more knowledge in this area, as well as improve their caregiving techniques.
 
The agency invites both migrant workers and their employer families to attend the classes together. For registration, please sign up online (https://reurl.cc/r8lAAy) or call the Department of Labor (TEL: 02-2712-0027). Information is also available at the related Chinese fan page on Facebook (手牽手at Taipei).