“Bay of Biscay, Bay of Care” is the result of the collaboration of the Government of Biscay with a group of experts in the European sphere and AGE Platform Europe to reflect on the future approach to long-term care as a whole.

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On 3 March 2020, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Biscay approved a collaboration agreement with AGE Platform Europe, the main European network of organisations that promote the rights of the elderly and a leading authority in the field of long-term care.

The aim of the agreement is to create a group of experts to define the basis for a future model of long-term care, taking into account current social and demographic changes, the results of which will be reflected in a final report, the fruit of two years of collaborative work.

A group of six experts led by Sarah Harper has been created as part of this collaboration. This group, under the coordination of AGE Platform Europe, has discussed in regular meetings the current situation of long-term care and the major challenges to be addressed in the future. The basis of these discussions has been a model of care based on human rights and respect for the diversity of people's needs as key elements in the shaping of a quality long-term care model.


AGE Platform Europe is a European network of organisations of and for people aged 50+ which aims to voice and promote the interests of the 200 million senior citizens in the European Union and to raise awareness on the issues that concern them most. AGE is involved in a range of policy and information activities to put older people’s issues on the EU agenda and to support networking among older people’s groups. Our guiding principles hold that a change of attitudes is needed to achieve a European society for all ages and that there is a need to promote solidarity between generations in a way that recognizes older people’s contributions to society.

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