Long term care (LTC) refers to the range of services required by persons with a reduced degree of functional capacity, physical or cognitive, and who are consequently dependent for an extended period of time on help with basic activities of daily living (ADL).
In Bermuda, there are more than 8,600 persons or 13% of Bermuda’s population who are seniors (aged 65 and over) and there are more than 3,000 persons with a disability.
The Bermuda Health Strategy 2014-2019 is the Ministry’s vision document for our health system. It identifies the need to coordinate long term care for seniors and persons with disabilities in Goal 7.
The first step in delivery on this goal was the development of a one-year Long Term Care Action Plan which provides key objectives, deadlines and identifies the agencies responsible for delivery. There are five specific areas of action in the plan: quality; education and workforce development; policy and regulation; financing and communication; and advocacy/communication.
Over the year, key stakeholders worked to achieve the 13 actions items. In December 2017 the LTC Action Plan Steering Committee held their last meeting to wrap up the one year plan. An overview of the achievements from the Plan is available here and the following are direct links to some of the deliverables.
- Online directory of helping services
- ADS’ Senior Abuse Reporting page and General Policy and Procedures
- HIP and FutureCare Personal Home Care Benefit overview and Guide
- Palliative Care Benefit details
- LTC Funding Data Report
- LTC Education and Training Page
- LTC Resources Page