Facing the inevitable aging trend, Taiwan has implemented a long-term care program (LTC) to meet the demands of families with disabled seniors living at home. However, the medical resources currently provided by the local government, including physicians, nurses and physiotherapists that the shortage can reach 65%, 88% and 95%, has failed to catch up to the demands from the fast elderly growing population. The objective of this paper is to model the relationship of current disabled elderly at home and available medical resources by using linear programming. A multimedia data supported scenario and coordinated medical protocol have successfully provided the practical foundation of analysis in Taiwan. This study identifies the shortage of medical resources and provides optimal solution to shorten the difference under the cost concern is the number of (physician, nurse, and physiotherapists) to be (15, 27, and 22). This study excludes the local home care facilities for simplification purpose.
International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies 7(1-3), p.63-77