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.
- 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 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).
- 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).
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:
- Contact the call center at *2637 on Sunday - Thursday between 8:00am - 5:00pm.
- Fill out the services that interest you on the choosing long-term care services simulator and print the choice form.
- 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.
by the claim clerk
or a permanent benefit at one of the Long-Term Care Benefit levels
Rejection of the claim
- A benefit recipient who is hospitalized in a general hospital is entitled to receive the benefit services for the first 30 days of hospitalization. For more information see Long-Term Care Benefit During Hospitalization.
- Someone who is released from the hospital after a long hospitalization (over 30 days) as well as someone who is released from being hospitalized in a nursing care facility, is entitled to the same long term care benefit he was entitled to before his hospitalization regardless of how long the hospitalization was. For additional information see Renewal of eligibility for a long-term care benefit from those released from a hospital or nursing care facility.
- National Insurance Institute's Senior Citizen Guidance Service
- Segula Unit - Center to Help Hospitalized Senior Citizens
- Free Aid by the National Insurance Institute for Hospitalized Patients Filing Disability Claims
- Click here for a comprehensive listing of health-related assistance organizations
- Click here for a comprehensive listing of organizations that help senior citizens and the elderly
- Click here for a comprehensive listing of organizations that help people with disabilities
|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
||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||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|
Laws and Regulations
- The National Insurance Law - Section J: Long-Term Care Insurance
- National Insurance Regulations (Long-Term Care Insurance) (Income Test to Establish Eligibility and Amount of Long-Term Care Benefit - 1988]
- Circular no. 1496 from 06.11.2018 - Long-Term Care Reform
- The National Insurance Institute: A video clip explaining how to fill out a Long-Term Care Benefit claim
- Long Term Care Information on the Reuth website.
- Original information on this page was written as part of the Welfare Division, City of Jerusalem's Senior Citizens' Rights Accessibility Project, funded by The Mashov Organization.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.