Long-term care in Turkey

Challenges and opportunities

Authored by: Sema Oglak

The Routledge Handbook of Social Care Work Around the World

Print publication date:  January  2018
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472479457
eBook ISBN: 9781315612805
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315612805-14

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Abstract

Although Turkey’s population is younger than that of European countries, the ageing population is growing rapidly and elderly people have an increasing need for long-term care services. The ageing of Turkey’s population reflects a combination of declining birth rates, leading to fewer young people, and increasing life expectancy. The ageing of the population will have major implications for the long-term care sector, and in Turkey there is no long-term care insurance system. Elderly people are usually taken care of within their own family.

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