LTCcovid Country Profile – Printable Version

1.00. Brief overview of the Long-Term Care system

Particularly in rural communities in Ghana, children are expected to provide care for their parents if they need it when they are older. However, people who have no children or cannot have their support have difficulties accessing care should they need it (Deku et al., 2020).


Deku, C. S., Forkuor, J. B., & Agyemang, E. (2021, March 1). COVID 19 meets changing traditional care systems for the elderly and a budding social work practice. Reflections for geriatric care in Ghana. Qualitative Social Work. SAGE Publications Inc.

Update for: Ghana   Last updated: February 16th, 2022   Contributors: William Byrd  |  

1.01. Population size and ageing context

WHO has estimated that in Ghana, more than 50% of people between the ages of 65 years and 75 years require some assistance with daily activities. For those 75 years and older, the percentage jumps to more than 65% (source:

Update for: Ghana   Last updated: August 3rd, 2021