Sounds like your Dad might enjoy it here! And chickenhut is right, step 1 is the S1. He'll need birth certificates (copies) and in some instances he may be asked for formal French translated versions. We got ours done by a Consul-General translator and ordered 25 but in fact just used 2! Then, armed with that and passport you toddle along to local CPAM office. They may also ask if he has 'registered' with a Dr. So if you have one now and he/she is good enough, there you are. You may also be required to prepare and sign a declaration of residence (with you) - and your local Mairie will stamp and 'attest' to this and you then take copies. A preliminary visit there would be useful and you can explain and ask about it all. This procedure circumvents having to produce the more usual 'utility' bills in his name!
Depending on where you are you may find a CPAM officer visit once/twice a week and occupies a spare office at the Mairie for a morning/afternoon.
Quite quickly you should receive a certificate with a social security number. Then an application form to which you attach a recent photo etc and passport copy and that is sent back. Some time later, usually 2-3 weeks, the Carte Vitale arrives in the post.
Prior to the above you, should you wish, may want to go along and discuss the whole matter with the CPAM officer and report findings to your father.
You will have other 'issues, such as ordering his pension to be paid here (which pension service does straightforwardly) 'organising' his UK bank account/s and/or other financial-legal matters and bear in mind in France inheritance law is quite different! You should sit with your Notaire perhaps and explore this. Once here and 'resident' all his affairs come under French law. However, if he holds no significant 'assets' it may prove simple enough. And indeed a 'top-up-mutuelle' is essential. Speak to the agent who you use and check. His age, for example, is a factor. But once past all this you are up and running.
And finally consider the options should you become unable to act as principal 'resident' carer. He would then look to the state to care for him, and the detail on how that works needs looking into. A good way to explore that might to be to identify one, go there and talk through the rules, costs etc. And that route leads to peace of mind! Him having command of French would be a huge asset in those circumstances. There are also health visitors here and we often see their cars buzzing about with the 'sante' logo on the doors. I know of an old gentleman in our village who is effectively bed ridden but he is at home, cared for by his elderly wife and every day a health visitor calls. It seems to work.
Posted on: 19/09/2011 at 11:33