Islanders with long-term health conditions enjoy a good quality of life

Long-term perspective

Disability affects us all. Whether it is personally, a family member, friend or work colleague, all of our lives will be touched by disability or illness at some point. At present, almost 14,000 people in Jersey are disabled (using the UK Equality Act definition) and with an ageing population, these numbers are set to increase.

Medium-term focus: the Government Plan 2020-23

A Government Plan 2020-23 priority is health and wellbeing. It commits to putting patients, families and carers at the heart of Jersey’s health and care system, improving social inclusion, delivering the disability strategy, improving community-based services and supporting diversity.

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An estimated two thirds of all households in Jersey contain at least one person with a functional impairment (difficulty carrying out everyday tasks due to a sensory, physical or mental impairment). This is around 35,000 individuals. These are not small numbers and disability is not an issue that should be marginalised. Yet people living with a disability currently report having a lower level of wellbeing than non-disabled Islanders. The life experience of people with a disability can be very different from those without a disability. There are barriers for people with disabilities in accessing services that many take for granted, including health, education, employment, and transport.

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