The Importance of Cultural Caring to The Development of Indigenous Long-Term Care Systems in Taiwan
The indigenous peoples of Taiwan have been ignored by the government in the development of long-term care (LTC) in the past two decades. However, the implement of Long- Term Services Act was a milestone of indigenous LTC because it allowed indigenous peoples to create their own ethno-LTC systems by adopting the indigenous cognitive processes, behaviors, and material creations of cultural caring. Since cultural caring represented indigenous emic points of views, it became a key element of developing indigenous ethno-LTC systems. The purpose of this paper is to: (1) explore the concepts of cultural caring and its relation to cultural safety from an anthropological perspective; (2) address the importance and necessity of cultural caring in developing indigenous ethno-LTC systems.