Introduction:

There are three levels of the Long-Term Care Benefit, provided to recipients in accordance with their level of dependence on others and degree of supervision necessary
The Level B Long-Term Care Benefit is provided at a rate of 150% of the full disability pension which is equivalent to 16 care hours per week (16 service units), or 8 hours per week (8 service units) for those who are eligible for a reduced benefit based on his/her income.
Those hiring an Israeli nursing care worker are eligible for additional care hours



The Long-Term Care Benefit rates (Level A, Level B or Level C) are based on the extent of the recipient's dependence on others, or the extent of supervision a recipient requires (as established by the ADL Dependence Test).

  • The Level B Long-Term Care Benefit, at a rate of 150% of the full disability pension
  • The Level B Long-Term Care Benefit is provided at a rate of 150% of the full disability pension which is equivalent to 16 hours per week ("service units"), for a personal nurse in his/her house (an Israeli or a Foreign Nursing Care Worker) or 8 hours per week (8 service units) for those who are eligible for a reduced benefit based on his/her income.
Example
An 84 year old man is unable to get dressed, eat, or bath without assistance. With regard to his functioning capacity, he is found to be entitled to a Level B Long-Term Care Benefit, meaning 16 personal care hours per week. Nonetheless, because he has a monthly income of 10,000 NIS, he is only entitled to receive the reduced benefit consisting of 8 personal care hours per week.
  • Anyone entitled to a Level B Long-Term Care Benefit, that highers an Israeli nursing care worker in accordance with the given conditions, is entitled to 3 additional care hours per week (or an addition of 1.5 hours per week for those receiving the reduced benefit). For further information see Additional hours for hiring an Israeli nursing care worker.
  • For those who chose to visit an Elderly Day Care Center, one day at an elderly day care center is equivalent to 2.75 hours of home care.
  • Those qualifying for Level B Long-Term Care Benefits are are entitled to visit up tp 5.5 days a week at an elderly day care center or 2 days a week for those receiving the reduced benefit.
  • One who hires a caregiver is eligible for a monetary benefit for the direct employment of the caregiver, and he can choose whether to combine the receipt of payment with the other services included in the benefit. For more information, see the Monetary Long-Term Care Benefit to Hire a Caregiver.


Who is Eligible?


Tip
According to the National Insurance Regulation, those whose are 90 and above and are eligible for the Level B Long-Term Care Benefit are automatically granted the maximum benefits; Level C Long Term Care Benefits.


How to Claim It?

The process for claiming the benefit is outlined in the chart below:

ADL Dependence Test
for the applicability of the
Conditions of Eligibility
Determining Dependence Level
by the claim clerk
Approval of a Temporary Benefit
or permanent benefit at level
A / B / C
or
Rejection of the claim
If the condition has deteriorated of a benefit recipient at level A or B
it is possible to request reassessment


Please Note

  • A benefit recipient who is hospitalized in a general hospital' is entitled to continue receiving the benefit services for the first 30 days of hospitalization. For further information see Long-Term Care Benefit During Hospitalization.

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

Laws and Regulations

Additional Publications

Credits