Examination of a child's dependence on the help of others (from age 3 to 18)


A child depending on the help of others in performing activities of daily living in a noticeably greater extent than children his age, may be entitled to a Disabled Child allowance from age 3 years to 18 years and three months.

Establishment of a dependence on others requires, in most cases, the child's examination by the Medical Board. If the child is unable to reach to the Board because of his disability, this should be indicated on the claim form and, depending on the child's condition, he might be examined at home.

What is examined during a Medical Board?

During the Board, a doctor examines the child's functioning level in comparison to children his age, by assigning an amount of points to every action and determining benefit eligibility according to the total number of points scored:

  • Up to 4 points - If your child have this score, he is not entitled to a benefit as child depending on the assistance of others, he may however be eligible for other impairments.
  • Between 5 and 9 points - If your child have this score, he is entitled to a benefice rate of 50%, amounting to NIS 1,115 (as of Jan 01, 2020).
  • 10 points or more - If your child have this score, he is entitled to a benefice rate of 188%, amounting to NIS 4,773 (as of Jan 01, 2020).

    Below are tables of points assigned for every action, sorted by type of actions examined by the Board:

    It is important to know that, for every action, you can receive a score once, based on the functioning level that is mostly appropriate to the child's functioning.

1.  Mobility at home

Level of functioningAge 3-5 Age 5-6 Age 6-7 Age 7-14 Age 14-18
The child is confined to his bed and unable to get out of by himself or walk a bit.33333
The child uses a wheelchair and needs assistance in being transfer to his chair or in riding it, or moves slowly and needs to transfer thereon.33333
The child uses a wheelchair, nevertheless he can get on it and ride it by himself at home.11111
The child moves with or without mobility aids, however he requires assistance from others with walking and standing.11111
The child is able to move by himself only by crawling.11111
The child is independent with mobility aids (walker, cane, etc.)00000
The child moves freely00000

2. Dressing and undressing

Level of functioningAge 3-5 Age 5-6 Age 6-7 Age 7-14 Age 14-18
The child requires full assistance with both upper and lower body.22233
The child requires significant assistance with upper or lower body.11122
The child requires assistance in setting up orthopedic devices.11111
The child requires mild assistance (shoes, socks, button, laces)00011
The child gets dressed without assistance.00000

3. Bathing

Level of functioningAge 3-5 Age 5-6 Age 6-7 Age 7-14 Age 14-18
The child requires bed bathing.22333
The child requires full assistance with bathroom bathing.12233
The child requires active assistance for some bathing actions.00122
The child requires mild assistance (shaving, shampooing, feet palms, etc.).00001
The child requires assistance in getting ready for bathing (entering bathroom, presence and guidance)00001
The child is bathing without assistance.000 00

From age 3 to 5, a child requiring full assistance within a bathroom will not get one point unless  the assistance required is to a noticeably greater extent than children his age.

4. Eating and Drinking

Level of functioningAge 3-5 Age 5-6 Age 6-7 Age 7-14 Age 14-18
The child requires full feeding, drinking included, or a lot of assistance (including eating from a spoon or solid foods and drinking from a glass).23333
The child requires moderate assistance with eating and drinking.01222
The child requires assistance with eating (eats when being served, however is unable, when hungry, to take food by himself such as bread, fruit or water).00111
(For age 14 and above) The child is unable to prepare hot drinks, reheat or serve a food dish, does not eat without reminders.00001
The child eats and drinks without assistance.00000

5. Personal Hygiene

Level of functioningAge 3-5 Age 5-6 Age 6-7 Age 7-14 Age 14-18
The child suffers from constant leakage of urine or feces (stoma and the like).55555
The child has no control over both sphincters (feces and urine), does not take care of himself and is totally dependent on the assistance of others.23333
The child has no control over one sphincter (feces or urine) day and night, does not take care of himself and is totally dependent on the assistance of others12222
The child uses toilets but requires a lot of assistance with mobility, clothing, and personal hygiene.12222
The child uses toilets or pot/bottle, however he requires assistance with two of the following actions: mobility, dressing, personal care.01122
The child uses toilets or pot/bottle, however he requires mild assistance with one of the following actions: mobility, dressing, personal car.00 01 1
The child has partial control and does not take care of himself; or wets every night on a regular basis.1 11 1 1
The child manages his personal hygiene / is independent in toilets and the use of accessories.000 00