INQUIRIES: Nursing Care Insurance Division Tel 076-443-2041
Japan is really now an aging society, the number of elderly people who require Kaigo is rapidly increasing, the period of Kaigo is becoming longer, and the average age of those who provide Kaigo to the elderly is rising.
There is a Kaigo-Hoken (Insurance for care and assistance for the elderly) system to cope with this situation.
This system is for those who have addresses in the city and are age 40 or older. they can support Kaigo activities in cooperation with the entire community by paying premiums and by bearing the cost of the Kaigo service equally.
Only those enrolled can receive the Kaigo-Hoken services.
Then application should be filed in principle by you or your family with the municipal government office seeking eligibility to get Yo-Kaigo Nintei (your municipal government’s official recognition). When you use Kaigo Services, you will bear 10% of the cost of the service in principle.
*Those Who Can Receive Kaigo-Hoken Services
Type 1: all persons aged 65 and over who
① need Kaigo at all times because, for example, of a bedridden condition or senile dementia.
② do not need Kaigo at all times but need assistance with daily activities, such as a house work and dressing.
Type 2: All persons aged 40 to 64 who
① come to be in a Yo-Kaigo condition or in a Yo-Shien condition because of one of 16 diseases that are attributed to aging, such as presenile dementia and cerebrovascular diseases.
*Types of Services Provided under the Kaigo-Hoken System
You will be assigned a Yo-Kaigo-do [the degree of Kaigo needed] according to your condition.
You can receive services of Yo-Shien or Yo-Kaigo as follows:
・Service provided at home
① visit to your house
(visit by a home health aide etc.)
② day care service
(services at a day-care center etc.)
③ short stay in a care facility
④ loans and financial assistance for the purchase of care equipment, financial assistance for house repairs, etc.
・Services provided at a residential care facility.