Greece has the highest share of population aged 65+ among EU member states and conversely, the lowest share of spending on long-term care, as a percentage of overall health spending. Recent figures show that Greece allocated less than 0.2% of GDP of total spending to long-term care; far below the EU average of 1.5%, leading to limitations in services provided. In 2020, for example, for every 100,000 inhabitants there was less than 1 long-term care bed in nursing and residential care facilities, ranking Greece the lowest among EU member states (OECD, 2020).
The fact that there is no central government service for long term care creates further challenges in terms of representation and coordination of elderly issues at the state level. This partly explains why close relations have taken on the very large burden of family care and why NGO’s form such a vital part of care for the elderly in the country. More than half a million elderly report that they have difficulty with personal care activities with almost two thirds requiring personal assistance.
TIMA Charitable Foundation’s aim is to support as many, of both the critical and non-critical needs of the elderly in Greece, in order to enrich the lives and welfare of those most vulnerable in our society.