Introduction:

There are 6 levels of the Long-Term Care Benefit, determined by the extent of dependency the recipient has on other people or the extent of supervision he needs.
In the Level 1 Long-Term Care Benefit one can choose between receiving 9 service units (weekly care hours) of services that do not include personal home care or receiving 5.5 service units that can be used to receive a monetary benefit, personal home care and other benefit services (in various compositions)
Those who choose to receive a monetary benefit only, will receive 1,408 NIS each month
A person can change his choice at any time
If a recipient's condition worsens, a request to increase the benefit may be submitted
For more information, see the National Insurance Institute's website

The Long-Term Care Benefit is divided into levels 1-6 and is determined by the extent of dependency the recipient has on other people or the extent of supervision he needs (based on the results of the ADL Dependence Test).

  • The Level 1 Long-Term Care Benefit is different and separate than the other levels because of the way one can receive the benefit.
  • Someone who receives this benefit level can choose to receive it in one of the following ways (and he can change his choice at any time):
    • 9 service units (weekly care hours) that are comprised of benefit services that do not include personal home care, for example hours in a day center, a panic button, laundering services, or receiving absorbing products.
    • 5.5 service units that can be used to receive different levels of monetary benefit, personal home care hours and various other benefit services. In this case each service unit (care hour) is equivalent to 256 NIS per month.
  • Those who choose to receive a monetary benefit only, will receive 1,408 NIS each month.
Example
  • A Level 1 Long-Term Care Benefit recipient decided not to take the 9 service units that do not include personal home care.
  • Instead he chose to receive 5.5 service units and he can choose to use them (for example) in any one of the following ways:
    • By receiving a monetary benefit only which is 1,408 NIS that he can use for any purpose he chooses.
    • By receiving 2 units (weekly hours) of personal home care and a monetary benefit for the remaining 3.5 units (896 NIS per month).
    • By receiving 3.5 units of various benefit services and a monetary benefit for the remaining 2 hours (512 NIS per month).
  • The long-term care services calculator can be used to help build an appropriate treatment plan.
  • The option to receive some of the service units as a monetary benefit is in addition to the monetary benefit that those who employ a personal care giver (for at last 12 hours a day, 6 days a week). For additional information see Monetary Long-Term Care Benefit to Hire a Caregiver.
  • In cases where the caregiver is employed through a nursing care company:
    • The scope of the job that is attributed to the nursing care company is determined based on the number of long-term care benefit hours that the patient is entitled to.
    • The scope of the job that is attributed to the patient are the remaining hours that are necessary in order to reach a full time job (beginning on 01.04.2018 a full time job is defined as 42 weekly hours or 182 monthly hours).
  • Someone who is only eligible for a reduced benefit because of his income level is entitled to 50% of the benefit level.
  • Example
    • A person is entitled to a Level 1 Long-Term Care Benefit because of his level of functioning.
    • His monthly income is 10,000 NIS an therefore it was established that he is only eligible for a reduced benefit of 50%.
    • He can choose from one of the following 3 options:
      • 4.5 service units for services that don't include personal home care (for example being accompanied to a day care center).
      • A monetary benefit of 704 NIS that can be used for any purpose.
      • 2.75 service units that can be used for personal home care or mixed with other services (including part of a monetary benefit).
  • For one that chooses to go to a day care center this is equivalent to approximately 2 hours of care (2 service units).
  • Level 1 Long-Term Care Benefit recipients are entitled to spend 4.5 days a week at an elderly day care center and those eligible for a reduced benefit due to income level are entitled to 2 days a week.
  • The benefit services given to a person are determined by the National Insurance Institute in accordance to the recipient's needs. For additional information see determining the make-up of long-term care benefit services.
  • Who is Eligible?

    How to Claim It?

    • After the benefit is approved and the person knows how many dependency points were established for the recipient, contact the National Insurance Institute to determine the make-up of the services that are appropriate for the recipient.
    • Choosing how to receive the services (monetary benefit, long-term care services or a combination of the two) can be done in one of the following ways:
    1. Contact the call center at *2637 on Sunday - Thursday between 8:00am - 5:00pm.
    2. Fill out the services that interest you on the choosing long-term care services simulator and print the choice form.
    3. Download, print and fill out the level 1 long-term care services choice form by hand.
    • After the request is received a social worker from the National Insurance Institute will contact the applicant.
    • The make-up of the services will be determined based on the recipient's needs and the opinion of the social worker.
    • The services will be provided to the recipient by a nursing care company that is authorized to provide services on behalf of the National Insurance Institute.
    • The recipient can choose (one or more) and contact service providers from the nursing care companies list that work in his area.
    • Someone who is interested in adding or changing services, or switching to a different service provider should contact them in the same way.
    • For those who chose a monetary benefit, the benefit amount will be paid to their bank account beginning the month after the choice was made. The benefit will be paid each month by the 28th of the month.
    • The general process for receiving the benefit is described in the following chart.
    ADL Dependence Test
    for the applicability of the
    Conditions of Eligibility
    Determining Dependence Level
    by the claim clerk
    Approval of a Temporary Benefit
    or a permanent benefit at one of the Long-Term Care Benefit levels
    or
    Rejection of the claim
    If the condition of someone who is receives a level 1-5 (or level A or B according to the old law) benefit worsens, it is possible to request reassessment

    Please Note

    Aid Organizations

    Government Agencies

    Government Agency Website Rights and Areas of Responsibility
    *6050 hotlines - The National Insurance Institute Senior Citizens' Rights on the National Insurance Institute's website. Rights to various allowances given based on age and economic situation.
    *9696 hotline - The National Insurance Institute's Call Center for Senior Citizen Counseling Services Senior Citizens' Rights on the National Insurance Institute's website. Free aid provided through counseling services for senior citizens and the call center for senior citizens and their families.
    *8840 Ministry for Social Equality - Hotline for Public Inquiries Ministry for Social Equality website The *8840 hotline run by the Ministry for Social Equality gives the elderly a central address to direct all of their questions, provide information regarding rights, services and benefits entitled to the elderly. It also helps them actualize these rights.
    Segula Unit - Hotline to help senior citizens in the hospital The Ministry for Social Equality A health hotline for senior citizens, to assist them and their families know their rights during the period of hospitalization.
    The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services

    Shil - Citizens Advice Service hotline - 118

    Senior Citizens on the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services website Funding of Nursing Homes for independent and frail seniors. Various services are also provided within the community.
    The Ministry of Health

    *5400 "Kol HaBriut" Ministry of Health Hotline

    Senior Health on the Ministry of Health website. Health Insurance and assistance for those suffering from age related health problems.
    *5442 The Ministry of Housing and Construction Call Center The Ministry of Construction and Housing website Housing Assistance and Problem Solving for Senior Citizens

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