Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

France - Long-term care

In what situation can I claim?

The increase for a third party (MTP) enables its beneficiary to receive an increase in his disability pension or his annuity due to an accident at work or annuity for occupational illness. It is provided, under the condition of assistance from a third party.

The additional allowance for recourse to a third party (PCRTP) enables an increase in the annuity related to an accident at work or an occupational disease according to the beneficiary's degree of incapacity. It is provided, under the condition of assistance from a third party.

The disabled child education allowance (AEEH) is intended to support people who have a dependent disabled child. It is not dependent on the level of income. An additional allowance may be granted if the handicap requires high expenditure or help from a third party.

The disability allowance (PCH) is a personalised allowance intended to finance the needs related to the loss of independence by disabled people. It covers human assistance, material assistance (fitting of facilities in accommodation and vehicles), in addition to assistance from guide dogs.

The personalised independence allowance (Apa) is intended to partly cover the expenses of all kinds helping to ensure the autonomy of elderly people needing assistance in order to accomplish essential actions in life, or whose situation requires regular supervision.

What conditions do I need to meet?

The increase for a third party (MTP) is granted to you if you receive a disability allowance, and provided that you satisfy the two following conditions:

  • your disability prevents you from exercising a profession;
  • your disability obliges you to have assistance from a third party in order to complete ordinary living acts.

The additional allowance for recourse to a third party (PCRTP) is paid to you if you are a victim of an accident at work or an occupational illness, or if you receive an annuity and satisfy the following conditions:

  • your rate of permanent disability is at least equal to 80%;
  • your disability prevents you from carrying out ordinary acts of life on your own, and requires assistance from a third party.

The disabled child education allowance (AEEH) is granted if you satisfy the general conditions to benefit from family allowances:

  • you have a dependent disabled child who is under 20 years old;
  • your child has a disability rate of at least 80%;
  • or your child has a disability rate of between 50% and 79%, they attend a specialised establishment, or their state of health requires the use of a special education service or home care;
  • your child does not attend a boarding establishment with all costs of their stay covered by sickness benefits, the State or social assistance and any professional income they earn does not exceed 55% of the gross monthly SMIC (set at €1,498.47 as at 1 January 2018).

The disability compensation allowance (PCH) is paid to you if you are up to 75 years old and if you became disabled before the age of 60 years old. It can also be paid to disabled children and teenagers who satisfy the criteria for the award of the AEEH and its complement, as part of the right to choose between the additional AEEH and the PCH.

The personalised independence allowance (Apa) is granted to you if you satisfy all the following conditions:

  • you are at least 60 years old;
  • you live in your own home, at the home of a family member, or at a facility;
  • you live in France in a stable and regular way;
  • you need assistance to complete essential acts in life, or you are in a state of health that requires regular supervision. 

What am I entitled to and how can I claim?

The increase for a third party (MTP) is set at €1,107.49 per month, i.e. €13,289.96 per year.

The amount of the additional allowance for recourse to a third party (PCRTP) varies between €553.73 and €1,661.22, depending on the number of ordinary acts of day to day life that the victim cannot accomplish alone.

The basic amount of the disabled child education allowance (AEEH) amounts to €130.51 per month. In addition to that, there may be a complement, AEEH, once the child's handicap results in particularly heavy constraints for the family.
The single parent benefiting from this AEEH supplement may also claim a supplement if they looks after the child on their own.

The amounts of the disability compensation allowance (PCH) are set by the nature of the expenditure, and vary, depending on the income received by the disabled person over the calendar year prior to the application.

The amount of the personalised independence allowance (Apa) is equal to the amount of the establishment's dependence tariff (Apa in institutions) or the aid plan used (Apa at home), reduced by a participation from the beneficiary, up to a maximum set depending on the person's income.

Forms you may need to fill in

  • Application form for disabled person’s allowances.
  • A new application form (being implemented gradually between September 2017 and May 2019 replacing the old one).

Know your rights

The following links provide further information about your rights. These sites are not the responsibility of the European Commission and therefore do not represent its viewpoints:

Commission publication and websites:

Who do you need to contact?

Contact the sickness benefits online

or find the closest Primary health insurance fund to where you live on the dedicated page of the health insurance website.

Find the family allowance office for your Département.

Find your departmental home for disabled people.  

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