Bringing an elderly person to live in Jersey
Updated 17 March 2015
Normal housing restrictions apply so the ability to live with family or friends is helpful. If Social Housing is involved there could be a problem and it would be necessary to seek advice from the Social Housing provider before making plans.
UK pensioners can have their pensions paid to them while they are living in Jersey, this will be paid at the normal UK rate and not at the higher Jersey rate. After five years the pensioner can apply to the Social Security Department to have the Christmas Bonus made up to the Jersey level.
The Social Security Department should be notified when the person arrives in the Island, after six months they can then apply for a Medical Benefits Card. For informationon GP sevices for newcomers to Jersey see 10.6.7.L1
Some countries have a reciprocal agreement with Jersey meaning that emergency hospital care will be free. For people from countries which do not have a reciprocal health care arrangement medical costs need to be met in full so they should ensure they have adequate health insurance. See 9.16.16 for information about which countries have reciprocal arrangements with Jersey.
Nursing Homes, Permanent Illness, Residential Care
Should elderly relatives require residential care the family would be expected to pay. Income Support is not available until a person has been continuously resident for five years. It could be helpful to speak to the Adult Social Work Team, telephone 443500, prior to arranging to bring an elderly or infirm relative to Jersey to live.