Dependency assistance not requested in a quarter of cases

The non-use of the APA, this allowance intended for dependent elderly people, can be linked either to a lack of knowledge of the system, or to the complexity of the administrative procedures.

While the (APA) is a universal benefit paid by the departments to help people over 60 in a situation of dependency, 20 to 28% of people who are entitled to it do not ask for it! However, this allowance provides a contribution – from 664 euros to a maximum of 1,714 euros per month in the event of home support, depending on the degree of loss of autonomy – to finance the expenses of home support (household help, home care assistance). toilet …) or nursing home costs.

At Bercy, the Research, Studies, Evaluation and Statistics Department (DREES), which sought to understand this phenomenon, noted three major obstacles.

Some people ignore the possibility they have of requesting this benefit, or imagine that it is means-tested, which is not the case

First, the non-recourse is explained by a total or partial ignorance of the device. Some people ignore the possibility they have of requesting this benefit, or imagine that it is means-tested, which is not the case, unlike many other social measures …