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No benefits for the aged: deliberate or forced non-take-up. Interviews with social workers at the Grenoble CCAS.Français

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Authors :

Catherine Chauveaud, Philippe Warin
Grenoble, Odenore, March 2005

Collection :

Study n° 11

Language :


Addressee(s) : Service for the Aged (CCAS).

Full text in french.


Methods : Survey on the Service's database; group interviews with social workers in charge of activating the payment of personalized aid for autonomy (APA) or working with aged immigrants living in institutions

Scale : Commune.

Resulting focus :  9% of the people eligible do not receive APA and do not request it.
Concerning the "old immigrants": 1) They have no particular demands as they are used to living discreetly, with a precarious status; 2) In seeking access to benefits they encounter many difficulties of understanding, with all that that involves concerning discrimination. They are often weary and have a different relationship with time; 3) The APA is not a suitable benefit: with the APA there is no direct payment; these people move back and forth between France and their home country.
Concerning other old persons: 1) Some, despite a high level of dependence, do not wish to benefit from the APA: they have never requested anything; they manage differently; they refuse outside interference; they want to keep their place in an institution; 2) Difficulty in addressing the issue of assistance at home if there are psychological or psychiatric problems; 3) Non-take-up a deliberate choice if a request for the APA seems to be counter-productive.