The seventh BBinar focused on the situation of long-term care systems in the Western Balkans and participants discussed key issues based on findings of recent research by the Red Cross of Serbia. The study Long-term care of persons with disabilities and of older persons in the Western Balkans was presented by Nataša Todorović and Milutin Vračević (Red Cross Serbia). It included a desk analysis of regulations and publicly available data, quantitative research involving 3,900 older persons and persons with disabilities at working age as well as qualitative interviews with service providers, institutional representatives, and long-term care service users: What is the current state of long-term care in the Western Balkans? What are the expectations of persons in need of care and their informal carers? How can the accessibility and the quality of services be improved? Which policies are needed to develop long-term care systems in the Western Balkans and which initiatives have shown to be sustainable.
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