The services offered by TAFC contain：
Organized since 1977, the class contents include care taking skills, social resources usage, legal common sense, pressure relieving, and familial communications.
Recently, the job of hosting training classes has been designated to local associations, carrying services into all counties throughout the province and benefiting more family caregivers.
- Family caregivers supporting groups
Our association started forming family caregivers supporting groups since 1990, enabling caregivers to have further discussions and making it possible to establish social supporting network. Moreover we also have groups created for specific types of people, including caregivers who are done with their duties and male caregivers.
- Family caregivers caring activities
We started hosting family caregivers caring activities since 2005, designing various contents according to various needs of family caregivers. We designed more interactive activities during which we encourage caregivers to bond with each other and form their own social network. These activities are more flexible, relaxing and relieving.
- Family caregivers consulting line
Our association has established caring and consulting phone line since 2000, providing family caregivers resourceful consultation and ways to seek mental supports. We also established free caring line 0800-580-097 in 2008 and it expanded to become family caregivers reporting phone line 0800-50-7272.
- “Respite Care” service
The association had considered the importance of alternative manpower when starting to establish all types of family caregivers training classes. Therefore in 1998, we recruited volunteers to provide“temporary service of Respite Care.”After the government started to promote household care services, the temporary purpose of the association had been accomplished in 2001. Currently, we still provide free Respite Care service of free“Respite Care”for caregivers who attend our activities.
- Psychological consultation
Done by licensed psychologists or social workers through face-to-face or telephone consultation, this program aims at helping family caregivers to find the direction of their future life, find out the solution to problems, improve depressed tendency of caregivers and relieve the heavy burden of caring to help caregivers regain the strength to hang on.
- Family care taking professional personnel training The association started to provide courses which contains contents as group leadership and getting to know family caregivers, for working staff in local group, hospitals, long-term care and social welfare organizations, etc. We helped more professionals understand how to provide family care taking service.
At least one seminar is held each year
- 1998 “caring for family caregivers” academic seminars
- 1999 “elder household support and daily life safety” seminars
- 2003 “developing domestic family caregivers supporting group” seminars
- 2005 “who to care about the caregivers?” seminars
- 2007 “long-term care system planning and conducting experience, Taiwan and Japan” seminars
- 2008 “see the various sides of family caregivers” seminars
- 2009 “family caregivers and long-term care” seminars
- 2011 “see the caregivers in long-term care service” seminars
- 2012 “view the relationship between women and family in public and private areas through long-term care interaction”
- 2013 “long-term care, let’s roll! – establish caregivers friendly environments and the new viewpoint in long-term care service network” seminar
- Research work
- 2004: “female burden assessment indicators” research program
- 2004: “employment expansion in public service – results” research program
- 2007: “survey on demands of family caregivers” research program
- 2008: “supporting groups for family members who unload the character of family caregivers – initial results” study program
- 2010: “family caregivers educative training” research program
- 2014: “reflect upon the influence of gender recognition through the life thread of male family caregivers” research program
- 2015: “family caregiver friendly working environment” survey
- Family caregivers caring month
The association established family care taking month based on the concept thanksgiving in western cultures. We host “family caregiver month” and a series of activities every November. Activities such as article solicitations, movie forums, afternoon teas, exhibition of caring resources have been held throughout the month in the previous years, bringing family caregivers more care and supports.
Warm and fragrant afternoon tea:
The association first started “warm and fragrant afternoon tea for family caregivers” letting caregivers relax, exchange feelings with each other. For many years it has been receiving much compliments from caregivers, many of whom knew the association for the first time through this activity and went on to participate other activities.
Solicitations of articles and photos about care taking are held regularly.
We host outdoor activities, artistic treatments, and movie screening, etc. to let caregivers have an entire relaxation and time which belongs to themselves.
- Family caregivers day
Since 2006, in order to raise more attention toward the issue of family caregivers, we, along with many other groups for physically and mentally disabled people and elders, such as the League of Welfare Improvement for Older People, the League of Welfare Organization for the Disabled, United Way and Parents Associate for Persons with Intellectual Disability, etc., nominate the fourth Sunday of every November as the “family caregivers day”
- International knowledge exchange
For the sake of improving international knowledge exchange on the issue of family care taking, the association formed “the committee of international affairs”in 2004, with hopes to improve interaction with other concerning caregivers groups through active participation in international organizations. We wish this leads to the introduction of newly created services and ideas that can urge our nation to establish a more mature system of long-term care taking.
2007: we participated international seminars and international caregivers union conference hosted in Canada, strengthening the bond with foreign caregivers organizations, especially those from Asian countries. We wish to, on the one hand induce closer interaction between Asian caregivers organizations, and on the other hand, form a formal organization for international caregivers with fellow colleagues in other countries.
2008: we were invited to attend the “family care taking forum from a global point of view”held in New York, U.S., the attenders of which include representatives from European, African, southeast Asian, and Latin American regional caregivers organizations. The head of secretary of our association introduced the current family care taking condition and policy development for service in Taiwan during the forum. Attenders from other nations wished to form an international caregiver day, to let the world hear the voice of family caregivers.
2010: participated in the 5th international family caregivers seminar held by international caregivers union. The association president, Franky Wang, attended and published an essay. During the seminar, attenders cosigned to join the activity which fights for the rights of international family caregivers organizations. The core of this movement lies upon restarting to understand family caregivers from the viewpoint of rights, not from the viewpoint which states that family care taking is an obligation. And finally the attenders wish to promote “the charter for the rights of family caregivers” in the United Nations.
(1)Projects that are currently under development/conduction trials
(2)Project of establishment of the national network for family caregivers
Through the “all the way down” individual case management mode, the project provides special phone line services, and filters out low-burden cases from high-burden cases and cases with special conditions, for whom we provide long-term care resources and consultations or proper transfer. Colleague caring services will also be developed. Below are the chart to evaluate the burden conditions of family caregivers:
- Project of establishment of system that reports caregivers who take care of the elderly and supporting service network
The project aims at assisting family caregivers in the community to help them enter the supporting services network through a single unit reporting special phone line. Individual cases are first evaluated after be reported, and if meet the multiple care burden standards, shall be transferred to local “family caregivers supporting service base” for follow-up supporting services, the contents of which include three major categories: consultation/caring services, caring skill training classes, and de-pressuring “Respite Care” service; and eight types of services: volunteer work, household caring skills lectures, caring skills training classes, caring skill promotion offer, psychological consultation, de-pressuring activities, supporting groups, “Respite Care”service hours, etc. Indicators for reporting in community are as follows:
①caregivers who need to take care of 2 or more people
②caregivers are elder himself/herself
④caregivers for Dementia-suffering patients
⑤caregivers who are also patients themselves (serious illness/injuries/cancers/ chronic diseases)
⑥caregivers (injured/under go surgery/hospitalized) who can not take care of others currently.
⑦caregivers with suicide inclination
⑧caregivers who under goes domestic violence (perpetrator/victim)
⑨caregivers who wants to apply for government support(social aid/long-term care) but are not eligible
⑩caregivers who are faced with foreign care-givers window periods
⑪caregivers with no substitutes