A User-friendly Online Map for Long-term Care
In past few decades, population ageing has become one of the most critical issues among most developed countries. Just like an infectious disease, the low birth rate is a widely spread phenomenon in European and East Asian countries. Even in some developing countries, such as China, Brazil, and Russia, the birth rate is continuously at a rather low level, which is below the replacement rate of 2.0 and means the natural population growth is not enough to sustain the population after several years later.
The low birth rate will lead to inevitable population ageing and a fast growing number of the elder people, which also means the decline of the labor force and the increasing demand for long-term care.
Long-term care is a term contains various services that aim to help the people who are struggling to do daily tasks for long periods, such as dressing, feeding, and showering. It may include medical assists, personal care, and services like meals and housekeeping. According to the need, long-term care can be provided at different places, such as home, in the community, or in an assisted living facility. Despite people of any age could need the long-term care, it is a more demand for the elderlies. Now, the growing request for long-term care is an emerging issue in many countries, such as Germany, Japan, the UK, the US, and many others.
As mentioned before, population ageing will result in an increasing demand for long-term care. Taiwan, as one of the countries that have the lowest birth rate, requires eagerly for long-term care now. But despite the demand for such services is rapidly rising, there was still short of a clear guide for the elder people and their family to bridge the resources they need. As a result, people have such requests often waste a lot of time and resources for finding an appropriate service or facility.
For empowering citizens to find the information of long-term care more easily, a project that aimed to integrate all related resources had been launched by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the unit that is in charge of the long-term care in Taiwan. Therefore, a user-friendly online platform must be established to achieve the goal of this project, which should allow users to search, download, and understand all the long-term care resources in Taiwan.
It is widely recognized fact that a good map worth a thousand words. Therefore, a platform like this must include an online map to visualize the location of long-term care resources because the map is a great tool to integrate and deliver massive information. In this case study, we will mainly focus on the related steps of establishing an online map that can be easily operated by the citizens.
Since the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Welfare is all in text format, first we need to geocode these data to make them have geospatial attributes. By using the service developed by Supergeo, the geocoding service of TGOS (Taiwan Geospatial One-Stop) Portal, all long-term care facilities have successfully obtained the coordination and been plotted on an online map.