LTCcovid Country Profile – Printable Version

1.05. Quality and regulation in Long-term care

The LTC quality framework in Croatia is implemented under the by-law on the standard of quality for social services, based on the Social Care Act (2014). Quality standards have become mandatory for all providers (both in residential and non-residential sector, private and public). The Healthcare Quality Act regulates the qualitative framework for LTC in health services (European Commission, 2021)


European Commission (2021)  2021 Long-Term Care Report Trends, challenges and opportunities in an ageing society. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union

Update for: Croatia   Last updated: February 4th, 2022

2.01. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country (total population)

As of December 2, 2021, there have been 613,914 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Croatia, and 10,967 deaths, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, corresponding to 246 attributed deaths per 100,000 population.

Update for: Croatia   Last updated: December 5th, 2021   Contributors: Disha Patel  |  

2.09. Impact of the pandemic on workforce shortages in the Long-Term Care sector

According to a recent report (February 2022) by The Federation of European Social Employers, Croatia has experienced a strong increase of over 10% in staff shortages since 2021. The sub-sector most critically affected by staff shortages across the countries surveyed for this report were services for older persons. The job position most affected was nursing, but care assistants and homecare / social care workers also face real shortages. The most common reasons given for staff leaving the social care sector for another include low wages, and mental and physical exhaustion relating to the pandemic.

Update for: Croatia   Last updated: February 5th, 2022   Contributors: Daisy Pharoah  |  

4.05. Reforms to address Long-Term Care workforce recruitment, training, pay and conditions

An EU report noted that Croatian government launched a programme in 2017 to encourage the employment of disadvantaged women (especially 50 years old+) to provide support and care for older people, the programme was serving around 30,000 people, and employed 6,000 women in 2020.

Update for: Croatia   Last updated: September 13th, 2021