Home help is an aid granted to elderly people under certain conditions. It can be financed by the department or the pension fund. It allows the beneficiaries to be helped in several household tasks. However, not all seniors can benefit from home help.

Household help at home: who are the beneficiaries?

There are people who can call upon a household help for senior citizens at home as soon as their health condition becomes fragile. To be eligible for this social aid, you must meet certain conditions of dependence, resources and age. Thus, the applicant for domestic help must be unable to perform the most common household tasks. He/she must be 60 years old in case of recognized incapacity and over 65 years old in other cases. The senior citizen can benefit from this social aid at home if he/she has monthly resources below the ceiling. Several pension funds and complementary health insurance companies offer home help services to the elderly without being demanding on the age. In order to better understand the rights of the beneficiary, it is advisable to get information from the institutions concerned.

Where to get information to obtain home help?

Before applying for household help for senior citizens, the person concerned must obtain information from the fund on which he or she depends. Depending on the case, this can be the regional fund of the Régime Sociale des Indépendants, the Mutuelle Sociale Agricole or the Caisse d'assurance retraite et de la santé au travail. The senior citizen can also contact the town hall, the Conseil Départemental, the social action center of his or her commune as well as the Caisse Nationale de Solidarité pour l'Autonomie to obtain information. As for the duration of the home help service, it is set at 30 hours per month for one person and 48 hours for a couple.

How do I get home help?

Of course, you have to make a request. This is linked to a medical prescription after the analysis of the applicant's health condition by a doctor or a health professional. This is especially important if the person is returning to their home after surgery. This also applies to individuals with a serious illness. In this type of situation, the use of a home health aide is a necessity. The person has to apply to the Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie where he/she is a member. The person must prepare a few documents to obtain this social assistance. He/she must provide the form issued by the organization after having completed and signed it, a medical prescription and proof of resources.