Elderly

Allowances

Social Solidarity Allowance for Uninsured Elderly Persons 

Uninsured elderly people, and those who do not meet the conditions for retirement, are paid the Uninsured Elderly Social Solidarity Allowance, as long as they have reached the age of 67 and do not receive or are not entitled to receive a pension from abroad or any insurance or welfare benefit from Greece, greater than the full amount of the allowance, which amounts to 360 euros per month. Further criteria for its granting are defined in article 93 of Law 4387/2016 (Official Gazette A’ 85). The organization responsible for granting it is the Welfare Benefits and Social Solidarity Organization (OPEKA). Those interested can contact the competent services of OPEKA by phone at the call center 210 – 6241888 or online at the opeka.gr website.

From the entry into force of Law 4387/2016, the Social Solidarity Allowance for Uninsured Seniors replaced the pension for uninsured seniors of Law 1296/1982 (A’ 128), as amended by the provisions of Law 4093/2012 (A’ 222) . The uninsured seniors who were beneficiaries of the benefit in question before the entry into force of Law 4387/2016, continue to receive it, in accordance with the written provisions.

Structures for the Elderly

a) Open care

Day Care Centers for the Elderly
The Day Care Centers for the Elderly (K.H.F.I.) [No. P1c/AGP/family 14963/9-10-2001 decision (B’ 1397), as amended by the no. P1c/GP/ac. 11801/5-2-2003 (B’ 160) and D27/oc. 9746/409/4-4-2013 (B’ 914) decisions] are day accommodation units for elderly people who are unable to take care of themselves completely (mobility difficulties, dementia, etc.), whose family environment that cares for them, works or deals with serious social and economic problems or health problems and is unable to respond to the care they have undertaken. The purpose of KIPHIs is to improve the quality of life of the elderly and their stay in their natural and family environment, as well as to maintain a normal social and work life of the members of the family and relatives who are involved in the care of these individuals.
The KIFIs are established and operated by local government enterprises and private law entities of a for-profit and non-profit nature, as well as natural persons, in urban and semi-urban areas, and are interconnected at an operational level with the KAPIs that may exist in the same area. For the operation of each KIFI, it is necessary to issue an establishment and operation license from the relevant Region.
The elderly who wish to join the KIFI and also their families can contact the social services of the relevant municipalities.

b) Closed care
Elderly Care Units

The closed care of the elderly, self-serviced and not, is provided by the Elderly Care Units (MFI), which operate in the form of N.P.I.D. non-profit (founded by charities, the Church, etc.) or for-profit (founded by individuals). MFIs are granted a license to establish and operate by the relevant Region in accordance with the provisions of Law 2345/1995 and the conditions set by Law no. 81551/15-6-2007 decision (B’ 1136), as applicable. Furthermore, a basic condition for the legal operation of non-profit organizations is their registration in the National Register of Private Social Care Organizations.

Hospitals for Chronic Diseases
The closed treatment of the chronically ill is provided by Chronic Illness Hospitals, which are licensed based on the provisions of PD 631/1974 (A΄ 271) by the relevant Regions. Table of Licensed For-profit and Non-profit Aged Care Facilities Table of Hospitals for the Yearly Sufferers Private Law of a non-profit nature.

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