Social assistance for accommodation (ASH) of an elderly person

Verified 01 January 2024 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), National Solidarity Fund for Autonomy (CNSA)

The ASH is used to pay all or part of the accommodation costs that the establishment charges (Ehpad: titleContent, independent residence, USLD: titleContent) or family reception for the elderly person. The HSA pays the difference between the amount of accommodation and what the elderly person can pay, or even what their parents can pay maintenance obligations. The department can recover the ASH paid, both during the lifetime and at the death of the elderly person. We present you with the information you need to know.

In an establishment

In order to obtain HSA, the elderly person must meet all of the following conditions:

  • She must be over 65 years of age (or over 60 if she has been found unfit for work)
  • She must live in France in a stable and regular way
    If she is a foreign national, she must also have a valid residence permit.
  • She must be housed in an establishment (Ehpad or self-government residence or USLD) which has places reserved for recipients of social assistance
  • Its revenues must be lower than the accommodation fees charged by the establishment

ASH is paid in some care facilities for elderly dependent persons (Ehpad), or residences autonomy, or long-term care (LTCF) units.

Only establishments with places reserved for social assistance recipients are eligible for the ASH.

To check whether an establishment qualifies for the ASH, it is possible to consult the directory of establishments.

The ASH application file available at the Town Hall or at the CCAS: titleContent the municipality where the elderly person lives.

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Supporting documentation must be provided, including:

  • Seniors’ ID
  • Proof of residence of the elderly person
  • The list of the elderly person's maintenance obligations, as set out in the family record book
  • Notice of taxation of the elderly person and of the person with whom he or she lives in a relationship
  • Proof of pensions or wages for the last 3 months, of the elderly person and of the person with whom he lives as a couple, and those of his maintenance obligations
  • The list of maintenance obligations, according to what appears in his family record book (his children, grandchildren, sons-in-law or daughters-in-law)

The City Hall or the CCAS then forwards the file and the supporting documents to the department.

The decision to grant or refuse the HSA shall be notified the elderly person or his or her legal representative.

In order for the payment of accommodation costs to start from the date of entry into the establishment, the request for ASH must be made within 2 months following this date.

It is therefore recommended that you apply for an ASH at the same time as applying for admission to an institution.

The ASH is paid by the department. Each department has its own social assistance regulations. Payment rules therefore vary from one department to another.

The Department may determine the amount of the HSA taking into account the income of the following persons:

  • Income of the elderly person
    However, the recognition allowance (formerly the combatant's pension) and the honorary pensions (e.g. the Legion of Honor) are not taken into account.
  • Income of spouse, partner of Civil partnerships: titleContent or his or her partner or concubine.
  • Income from its maintenance obligations, which may be her children, grandchildren, sons-in-law or daughters-in-law.

The HSA paid may cover part or all of the accommodation costs charged to the elderly person. The HSA can also fund the dependency fee for older people staying in Ehpad: titleContent or USLD: titleContent.

In general, the amount of the ASH allows the elderly person to leave at least 10% of his income per month, and in no case less than €121 per month.

When his spouse, partner of Civil partnerships: titleContent or cohabiting partner or cohabiting partner has remained at home, the amount of the ASH allows this person to be at least at his disposal €1,012.02 per month.

In the event of a decline in the income of the elderly person or his/her maintenance obligations, it is possible to send a request for revision of the amount of the ASH by simple letter to the department:

Who shall I contact

During the lifetime of the older person

The department may recover the amounts paid under the following conditions:

  • Whether the older person's financial situation is improving (for example, in the case of inheritance)
  • Or on the donation made by the elderly person within 10 years before or after the application for ASH
When the older person dies

The department can recover the sums paid on the portion of the net assets of the estate of the elderly person, that is to say, on the assets transmitted by the elderly person to his heirs.

1. Make a prior appeal

If the request of ASH is refused, you can make a prior appeal to the president of the departmental council.

To do so, you must write a letter explaining the reasons for your challenge. You must attach ASH's refusal decision. You can add supporting documents that you find useful.

You can send all these documents by simple mail by mail to the president of the departmental council, or deposit them at the reception of the departments of the department.

The president of the departmental council has 2 months to reply.

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2. Appeals to the Administrative Court

If the answer of the president of the departmental council is not suitable for you, you can appeal to the administrative court, within 2 months.

To do this, you must write a letter and attach the reply of the president of the departmental council to your prior appeal.

You can send these documents by mail, or you can drop them off at the administrative court reception.

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At a friendly family home

In order to receive the HSA, the elderly person must meet the following conditions:

  • She must be over 65 years of age (or over 60 if she is found unfit for work)
  • She must reside in France on a stable and regular basis
    If she is a foreign national, she must also have a valid residence permit
  • It must be housed in a family friendly approved by the department
  • His income must be less than the amount of the accommodation fees charged by the family host

The ASH application file available at the Town Hall or at the CCAS: titleContent the municipality where the elderly person lives.

Who shall I contact

Supporting documentation must be provided, including:

  • Seniors’ ID
  • Proof of residence of the elderly person
  • The list of the elderly person's maintenance obligations, as set out in the family record book
  • Notice of taxation of the elderly person and of the person with whom he or she lives in a relationship
  • Proof of pensions or wages for the last 3 months, of the elderly person and of the person with whom he lives as a couple, and those of his maintenance obligations
  • The list of maintenance obligations, according to what appears in his family record book (his children, grandchildren, sons-in-law or daughters-in-law)

The City Hall or the CCAS then forwards the file and the supporting documents to the department.

The decision to grant or refuse the HSA shall be notified the elderly person or his or her legal representative.

In order for the payment of accommodation costs to begin from the date of signature of the reception contract with the family host, the application for ASH must be made within 2 months of that date.

It is therefore recommended to apply for ASH at the same time as the family admission process.

1. Make a prior appeal

If the request of ASH is refused, you can make a prior appeal to the president of the departmental council.

To do so, you must write a letter explaining the reasons for your challenge. You must attach ASH's refusal decision. You can add supporting documents that you find useful.

You can send all these documents by simple mail by mail to the president of the departmental council, or deposit them at the reception of the departments of the department.

The president of the departmental council has 2 months to reply.

Who shall I contact

2. Appeals to the Administrative Court

If the answer of the president of the departmental council is not suitable for you, you can appeal to the administrative court, within 2 months.

To do this, you must write a letter and attach the reply of the president of the departmental council to your prior appeal.

You can send these documents by mail, or you can drop them off at the administrative court reception.

Who shall I contact

The ASH is paid by the department. Each department has its own social assistance regulations. The payment rules are therefore different according to the departments.

The ASH covers part of the accommodation costs for the family host. In this case, the maximum remuneration of the family host is fixed by the departmental social assistance regulation.

The Department's services determine the amount of the HSA taking into account the income of the following persons:

  • Income of the elderly person
    However, the recognition allowance (formerly the combatant's pension) and the honorary pensions (e.g. the Legion of Honor) are not taken into account.
  • Income of the person with whom the older person lives as a couple
  • Income from its maintenance obligations, which may be her children, grandchildren, sons-in-law or daughters-in-law.

The amount of the HSA must allow the following amounts to be made available to the elderly person:

  • At least 10% of his income and in no case less than €121 per month
  • Social contributions payable by the elderly person to theUrssaf: titleContent for the remuneration of the family host
  • Liability insurance that the elderly person must necessarily subscribe to
  • Clothing costs
  • Mutual

FYI  

When his spouse, partner of Civil partnerships: titleContent or cohabiting partner or cohabiting partner has remained at home, the amount of the ASH allows this person to be at least at his disposal €1,012.02 per month.

In the event of a decline in the income of the elderly person or his/her maintenance obligations, it is possible to send a request for revision of the amount of the ASH by simple letter to the department:

Who shall I contact

During the lifetime of the older person

The department may recover the amounts paid under the following conditions:

  • Whether the older person's financial situation is improving (for example, in the case of inheritance)
  • Or on the donation made by the elderly person within 10 years before or after the application for ASH
When the older person dies

The department can recover the sums paid on the portion of the net assets of the estate of the elderly person, that is to say, on the assets transmitted by the elderly person to his heirs.

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