Senior citizens meeting the relevant conditions of eligibility may receive assistance through their local social services department's social workers.
- In accordance with the individualized program, this assistance may include a personal caregiver who will come to the senior citizen's home.
- The personal caregiving services will be provided by a paraprofessional who has received instructions from the social worker.
- The services may be provided for a period of up to 6 months, at the end of which, the need for the services will be reassessed.
- The types of services that can be provided include:
- Assistance shaving, going shopping and running errands, accompaniment to medical appointments - Up to 30 hours/month.
- Assistance with housekeeping such as cleaning, laundry, cooking and ironing - Up to 40 hours/month.
- A combination of these two types of services (personal caregiving and housekeeping) - Up to 70 hours/month.
- Assistance from a paraprofessional - For seniors who are frail, alone and/or childless, are homebound (permanently or temporarily) and not entitled to a Long-Term Care Benefit. This type of assistance is given to those who do not require much assistance (up to 10 hours/month), and includes:
- On-going follow-up - Home visits, checking in by phone and updating the social worker on the senior's condition.
- Brief and basic assistance - Accompaniment to the bank, to appointments or treatments, assistance and accompaniment when moving to a nursing home, shopping for basic household items such as furniture and electrical appliances (with social worker approval), assistance filling out forms and filling prescriptions.
- Intervention in times of emergency, crisis or illness - Ordering hot meals, calling handymen/electricians, etc., accompaniment during an evacuation, temporary caregiving services when the regular caregiver is unable to come.
- Other seasonal services such as bringing holidays gifts and supplies for winter (if this is not already being done by volunteers).
- In addition to personal caregiving services, the social services department also provide:
- Social support and care services. For more information, see: Social Support and Care Services for Senior Citizens.
- Material assistance (not including financial assistance). For more information, see: Material Assistance for Senior Citizens.
Who is Eligible?
- Senior citizens (women over age 62 and men over age 67) in accordance with the relevant income tests.
- Priority is given to seniors for whom one or more of the following apply:
- In rare cases special approval may be given for assistance to those who are already entitled to a Long-Term Care Benefit.
How to Claim It?
- For details on the claim process, see: Receiving Assistance for Senior Citizens from the Local Authorities.
- The Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services
- Social Services Departments in the local authorities
Laws and Regulations
- The Welfare Services Law
- Welfare Services Regulations (Need Criteria)
- Provision 4.4 of the Social Work Regulations from 25.08.2011 - Care of the Elderly at Home and in the Community
- Provision 3.3 of the Social Work Regulations from 22.12.1999 - Operating Procedure for Professional Family Support (Paraprofessional) Workers
- The Right to Receive Social Services at the Local Level - on the Eshel - The Association for the Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel website
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.