Introduction:

There are three levels of the Long-Term Care Benefit, determined by the extent of dependency the recipient has on other people or the extent of oversize he needs.
The Level C Long-Term Care Benefit is a benefit of 168% (the highest benefit level) provides 18 weekly care hours (18 service units), or 9 weekly care hours (service units) to those entitled to a reduced benefit because of their income.
Those hiring an Israeli nursing care worker are given additional care hours.



Long-Term Care Benefit rates (Level A, Level B, and 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 C Long-Term Care Benefit, at a rate of 168% of the full disability pension, is the largest benefit given.
    • The benefit is equal to 18 weekly hours ("service units") with a personal care giver in the home (Israeli or Foreign Nursing Care Worker) or 9 weekly hours (9 service units) to those entitled to a reduced benefit amount because of their income.
Example
A senior citizen is entitled to a Level C Long-Term Care Benefit because of his level of functioning. He is entitled to 18 weekly care hours (18 service units). His monthly income is 10,000 NIS an therefore it was established that he is only eligible for a reduced benefit of 9 weekly care hours (9 service units).
  • A Level C Long- Term care recipient that employs an Israeli care giver is eligible, according to the conditions, for an addition 4 weekly care hours (or an addition of 2 weekly care hours for those who receive a reduced benefit because of their income). For more information see Additional personal care hours for those employing Israeli caregivers.
  • For one who chooses to go to an elderly day care center, each day is is equivalent to approximately 2.75 hours of home care (2.75 service units).
  • Recipients are entitled to spend up to 6 days a week at an elderly day care center and those eligible for a reduced benefit due to income level are entitled to up to 3 days a week.
  • The benefit services given to a person are determined by a professional committee in accordance to the recipient's needs.
  • One who employs a regular caregiver is permitted to receive the benefit in cash in order to pay the caregiver directly. He can also decide to combine cash with other aid services included in the benefit. For more information see Monetary Long-Term Care Benefit to Hire a Caregiver.
  • In cases where the caregiver is hired through a nursing company:
    • The scope of the position that is the responsibility of the company is determined based on the number of hours the patient in entitled to.
    • The scope of the position that the responsibility of the patient is the number of additional hours needed for the caregiver to be considered working full-time (beginning 01.04.2018, full time is now considered 42 hours per week or 182 hours per month).
Example
  • A patient that is eligible for a Level C Long-Term Care Benefit (18 hours per week of personal care from the National Insurance Institute) is eligible for 42 hours of care per month. These hours which make up 42% of a full-time position (182 hours) are funded by the company.
  • The patient needs to fund the remaining hours necessary for the caregiver to have a full-time job - 58%.
  • The patient is responsible for paying 58% of the costs related to employee a caregiver and the nursing company is responsible to pay the remaining 42%

Who is Eligible?

How to Claim It?

  • The 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 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

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