Long-term care and the situation of social workers



The responsible body for overall management of social worker activities in the country

Regional governments

Long-term care

Basic principles

Benefits that can be considered as long-term care benefits are provided under both the social security and the social welfare system.

Benefits under the invalidity and incapacity scheme are contribution-based and are administered at national level. Civilian invalidity benefits are non-contributory benefits aimed at guaranteeing sufficient ressources. They are administered at regional level.

Benefits are granted both as benefits in kind and cash benefits.

Long-term care

Field of application

Invalidity and incapacity insurance:

-   Recipients of the invalidity insurance (assegno ordinario d'invalidità, AOI) and of the incapacity pension (pensione di inabilità).

-   Civilian invalidity.

-   Disabled persons.

Organisation of Long-term care

Informal caregivers and professional providers

Public sector professional providers: doctors and paramedical professionals.

Informal caregivers: household members or other people close to the beneficiary.

Long-term care

Benefits for the carer

No specific benefits for the carer. However, periods of leave to take care of a disabled family member are taken into account as periods of insurance for the purposes of pension insurance.

Long-term care

User charges

Participation of the beneficiary takes the form of a co-payment, the amount of which varies according to the type of the benefit and the degree of invalidity.

Totally disabled persons are exempted from participation.