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 is 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.
As part of the development of the action plan, we met with key stakeholders at a Long Term Care Symposium on 3 December 2016 to hear feedback on the proposals.
The symposium materials and action plan are available here: