Bringing an elderly person to live in Jersey

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Normal housing restrictions apply so if it is possible for the elderly person to live with family or friends this is helpful. If the family or friends live in Social Housing, it would be necessary to seek advice from the Social Housing provider before making plans.

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UK pensioners can have their pensions paid to them while they are living in Jersey. The pension will be paid at the normal UK rate.


Customer and Local Services should be notified when the elderly person arrives to live in the Island.  After six months they can then apply for a Health Card. For more information see here.

Some countries have a reciprocal agreement with Jersey meaning that emergency hospital care will be free. For people from countries that do not have a reciprocal health care arrangement, medical costs need to be met in full so the person coming to live in Jersey should make sure that they have health insurance to cover their needs.  Click here for information about which countries have reciprocal arrangements with Jersey.

Nursing Homes, Permanent Illness, Residential Care

Should elderly relatives require residential care, they would be expected to pay.  Income Support is not available until a person has lived in Jersey continuously for five years.  Long Term Care is not available until a person has lived in Jersey continuously for ten years.

It could be helpful to speak to the Adult Social Services before arranging to bring an elderly or infirm relative to Jersey to live.