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Bituach Leumi’s Attendance Allowance

Note: This information is intended to aid interactions with qualified social workers and other assistance professionals.

An attendance allowance is given to those who require a great deal of assistance by another person for routine activities (i.e. dressing, eating, washing, mobility within the home and control of bodily functions), or who require constant supervision to prevent a danger to their lives or to the lives of others.

Individuals above the retirement age are not eligible for this program unless a Bituah Leumi doctor determines that the insured was entitled beforehand, and the claim was submitted within 6 months of reaching retirement age. Children are also not eligible. For each of these groups, refer to the respective programs for relevant circumstances (Child Disability or Old Age Pension).

All of the details of Bituach Leumi’s Attendance Allowance for the disabled are available in English on the Bituach Leumi website. The following is a summary of the major details:

Establishing Entitlement

The claimant is examined by a doctor on behalf of Bituach Leumi and afterwards, in certain circumstances, he is examined in his home by a professional who assesses his dependence. The level of required assistance is assessed to determine the corresponding allowance rate.

Note:  Even those who not receive a disability pension (for example: if their income is higher than the threshold) are eligible for the attendance allowance if their established medical disability is at least 75%.

 

Rates

The attendance allowance is distributed at three different rates that are described as percentages relative to the amount of a full general disability pension, but are not connected to the actual disability pension amount that one already receives. The rates are based on the level of assistance required for some or all of the the essential daily routine activities: dressing, eating, washing, mobility within the home and control of bodily functions.

Low

50% of a full disability pension, plus an additional increment of NIS 289 (as of 01.01.2011), for those requiring assistance in most routine activities, most of the time.

Medium

105% of a full disability pension, plus an additional increment of NIS 589 (as of 01.01.2011), for those requiring assistance in all routine activities, most of the time.

High

175% of a full disability pension, plus an additional increment of NIS 878 (as of 01.01.2011), for those requiring assistance in all routine activities, all of the time.

 

Re-examination

A claimant whose condition has worsened is entitled to a re-examination if 6 months have elapsed since assessment, or earlier, based on submitted medical documentation of the circumstances.

 

Start of Entitlement

Entitlement to an allowance can begin 90 days from the commencement of incapacity. If the claim is submitted later, entitlement can begin immediately, or a Bituach Leumi doctor may establish a retroactive benefit for up to 6 months prior.

 

Submitting the Claim

The claim form for the Attendance Allowance is available on the Bituach Leumi website, from a social worker, or from Bituach Leumi offices, and must be submitted to the local branch. Assistance from a kupat cholim or hospital social worker, or others familiar with the process, is very useful in preparing the form.