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Welfare: Nursing-care Insurance

Nursing-care Insurance system

Insurance Beneficiaries

Q: How can we receive insurance benefits?

If  you are 65 or older and have No.1 insurance, you can receive benefits in the following situations.

Classification Situation
In need of care In need of constant care to support daily activities like bathing, eating, and excreting
Danger of becoming in need of care (in need of support) In a delicate position where proper support is required to prevent them becoming “in need of care” for assistance with daily activities like bathing, eating, and toilet use.

Insurance is paid to 40-to 64-year olds (with No.2 insurance) in  situations that qualify them for care, such as those who have suffered a stroke, presenile dementia, etc.
(Insurance is also paid to people who are 65 years old or older in situations where they require support because of traffic accidents, etc.)

Reduction of Fees for Social Welfare Service Users

This system reduces the costs of utilizing the services of certain social welfare corporations for eligible participants. Such services include: home visits, late-night nursing care, day-care, short-stay nursing care, designated nursing welfare facilities (special elderly nursing homes, including community based nursing homes), day-care for dementia, and small-scale multifunction residence nursing, etc.

Residents who are exempt from the municipal inhabitants tax, particularly those under financial hardship, are targeted for this reduction in costs (standards for eligibility vary between municipalities). To be eligible to receive this price reduction, you must receive certification that you qualify from your local city, town, or village. Inquire at the city, town, or village in which you live for more details.

Contact your local Public Health Center or municipal office (Japanese language only) for more information about regional policies regarding the elderly and disabled.

Residents of Kyoto City should contact their local ward office (Japanese language only).
http://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/hokenfukushi/page/0000003344.html(External link)  (Japanese)