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Algeria: Governmental Assistance for Elderly Defined by Executive Order

(Dec. 14, 2016) Algerian law gives the elderly in need the right to in-home governmental assistance, leaving the implementation process to the executive branch.  (Law Concerning the Protection of the Elderly, No. 12 of 2010, arts. 21 & 23, JOURNAL OFFICIEL (in Arabic).)  An elderly person is defined as a person who is 65 years old or older.  (Id. art. 2.)  On November 9, 2016, the Prime Minister of Algeria issued an executive order setting up the rules under which the elderly can obtain in-home governmental assistance.  (Executive Order No. 16-294 of 9 November 2016 on Aid Measures and Special Care of the Elderly at Home, OFFICIAL GAZETTE No. 68 (Nov. 26, 2016), JOURNAL OFFICIEL (in Arabic).)

The in-home assistance consists of social and health aid, psychological support, and cultural activities, allowing overall comprehensive care of the elderly at home.  (Id. art. 2.)  The purpose of such assistance is to ensure that the elderly receive in-house help to meet their physical and mental needs and any equipment vital to their health when they are dependent and cannot afford that equipment, thereby enabling the aged to continue living in their family environment and their own homes.  (Id. art 3.)

The in-house aid covers assistance in health care; daily hygiene and grooming; housework; and companionship in social, psychological, and administrative matters.  (Id. art 4.)  This aid may be provided by natural persons or by corporations of a social and humanitarian nature established in accordance with the law.  (Id. art. 7.)  Such natural persons and corporations are subject to periodic supervision by the competent governmental authorities.  (Id. art. 15.)