Older Adult's Services

Making aliyah when you’re older can be quite challenging.   You want to know that you’ve made the right choice, that you’ll be taken care of in the future, if you need help. It’s scary, but we can help you understand this path, and help you make the important choices along the way.

Learn About Your Older Adult Healthcare Rights

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Navigating the healthcare system for older adults means understanding and coordinating a complex network of medical services, specialized care options and decisions about future care. It requires managing appointments, prescriptions, and communication with healthcare providers to ensure that the health needs of older individuals are met.

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Bituach Leumi

Israel offers an array of benefits for older adults, but understanding and applying for those benefits can be quite confusing and overwhelming.  Learn more about the system. 

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Mental Health

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 Navigating mental health services for older adults involves overcoming challenges like stigma, accessibility, and potential age-related barriers. It requires advocating for appropriate care, exploring therapy options tailored to the individual’s needs, and fostering open communication between healthcare providers and family members.  But we can offer you some valuable information.

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RESOURCES FOR AN ADULT WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

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Private Therapist - can be found by word of mouth, websites like gethelpisrael.org or through facebook groups. Fees range from 350 to 900 ILS and are not reimbursed through any government network. There are also trauma clinics, like the one in the Hadassah hospital system, which offers subsidized care for children suffering from significant mental health diagnoses, where payment is made to the clinic.

A kupah psychologist has an agreement with your kupah fund. Each kupah sub-contracts with a list of licensed professionals whom offer individual or group psychological counseling.   It is important to note that this list is predetermined because the provider must have a contract with the specific kupah.  You will not get reimbursed retroactively if you saw someone not on the list. You contact the therapist directly, by calling them and leaving messages. And calling them again. And moving on to the next possibility when that provider tells you they are full. All kupot must charge the same thing: 59 ILS for the first appointment and 142 ILS for each subsequent appointment to be paid to the provider.  You do not need a referral from anyone to make an appointment with these providers.

Mental Health Clinic: These are freestanding or actual kupah clinics that are now all under the auspices of one of the kupot.  These clinics are often for those people who were just discharged from the hospital, or need more intense assistance and/or will be eligible to apply for sal shikum.  They usually offer an intake session, regular meetings with a psychiatrist, a therapist, and a social worker. Often group therapy or other types of therapy are offered as well. Payment is on a quarterly basis and is either ~35 ILS or the current cost of the hitchayvut (tofes 17).

 

Emergency Room visit  and possible voluntary hospitalization– Psychiatric hospitalization is intended for people with mental disorders or illnesses who cannot stay at home due to one or more of the following reasons:

  • They are dangerous to themselves or others around them.
  • Their behavior lacks judgment (e.g. a person who demonstrates awkward or threatening body language).
  • The intensity of the symptoms is high and requires intensive supervision.

Psychiatric hospitalization is carried out in psychiatric hospitals or in psychiatric wards in general hospitals. There are 10 psychiatric hospitals and 9 psychiatric wards in general hospitals.

Mandatory hospitalization – If the police receive a report that you are in immediate danger from yourself or others are in imminent danger from you, the head regional psychiatrist, the psychiatric hospital director or the court can request that you are involuntarily hospital for a period of 7 days, with a possibility of renewal for another 7 days.

Emergency Room visit  and possible voluntary hospitalization– Psychiatric hospitalization is intended for people with mental disorders or illnesses who cannot stay at home due to one or more of the following reasons:

  • They are dangerous to themselves or others around them.
  • Their behavior lacks judgment (eg a person who demonstrates awkward or threatening body language).
  • The intensity of the symptoms is high and requires intensive supervision.

Psychiatric hospitalization is carried out in psychiatric hospitals or in psychiatric wards in general hospitals. There are 10 psychiatric hospitals and 9 psychiatric wards in general hospitals.

Sal shikum - In English it is literally translated as  “basket of rehabilitative services”.

Private psychiatrist – A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with a specialization in mental health. In Israel, these doctors may be seen privately or through the kupah, like any specialist.  Psychiatrists are responsible often for initial diagnoses, prescriptions and maintenance of mental health medication and referrals to the ER or psychiatric hospitalization, if needed.

To clarify:

  • Psychologists have an advanced degree, usually a PhD, in the study of the mind, emotions, and behavior and employ a variety of therapeutic techniques to help patients heal and improve their mental health, including CBT, DBT, psychotherapy, talk therapy, among others.
  • Psychiatrists have a medical degree (MD) and have attended a residency (specialization) in psychiatry, focusing on diagnosing and treating mental health disorders. They also understand how biology factors into a person's mental health and how to treat mental illness with medication.  They are the practitioners who can prescribe psychiatric medications.