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You gradually feel your physical capacities diminish, and your loved ones are not able to take care of you on a daily basis, you begin to consider entering a residential establishment for dependent elderly people (Ehpad).

Unfortunately, faced with ever growing demand, the structures are struggling to keep up and display an occupancy rate of 98% on average.

Places are therefore difficult to obtain and are generally reserved several months in advance.

In order not to find yourself helpless in an emergency, for example following a bad fall, it is better to start the process as soon as possible.

Here are the steps to follow to find accommodation as quickly as possible.

Selection criteria

The first step is to educate yourself in order to choose an establishment that suits your needs and preferences.

One of the major aspects is localization.

As much as possible, target structures that are near where your children and loved ones live, so that they can more easily visit you.

Also determine your needs in terms of medical procedures.

Most retirement homes are medical, but depending on your degree of autonomy, they will be more or less suitable.

Do not hesitate to ask your doctor for advice in order to better target your expectations.

The services and activities offered (singing, painting, outings, dancing, games) are also an important element that influences your well-being.

You can of course ask to visit the establishments to ensure the level of comfort and hygiene in the rooms and to give you an idea of ​​the atmosphere between the residents and the competence of the staff.

Establish a budget

Last aspect and not the least: the financial plan.

From one establishment to another, prices can vary considerably, from 1,200 euros for the most accessible to more than 3,000 euros in urban areas, with an average of 2,200 euros per month to pay.

Significant costs which can be partially covered by public aid.

The Health Insurance covers the costs of medical care, while the Family Allowance Fund (CAF) can provide social assistance for the accommodation costs of the most disadvantaged.

The most disadvantaged elderly can also apply for the personalized autonomy allowance (APA) to finance the long-term care tariff of the retirement home.

Additional departmental help is also possible.

The admission procedure

By virtue of a decree published in

the Official Journal

of December 12, 2019, the procedures for admission to nursing homes have been simplified.

From now on, a single file is necessary to apply simultaneously in all the establishments having retained your interest, and takes into account at the same time the reception of day, the reception of night and the temporary accommodation.

It has two parts: an administrative section, to be completed by the applicant or his legal representative, and a medical section, completed by a doctor and sent under cover to the coordinating doctor of each nursing home contacted.

To increase your chances of being admitted, it is recommended that you apply to several retirement homes.

Do not wait until you need immediate admission to start the process.

As soon as a place becomes available, the management will contact you.

You can, of course, decline if you have changed your mind or prefer to delay your entry.

Note that to be admitted, you must be at least 60 years old and require assistance for everyday acts or daily care.


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Which sites to consult?

To help you in your search, you can go to the official national portal Pour-les-personnes-agees.gouv.fr, which details all the procedures and assistance related to retirement homes and provides you with a price comparison and of remainder to load between Ehpad.

The Cap Retirement platform also offers a free online service that takes into account all your selection criteria (budget, pathologies, location) to establish a list of establishments that correspond to them.

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