9 – Outpatient care

Fact sheet no. 9

People who are in need of care have the option to be cared for outside of the family for part of the day. In this case, day-patient care can be provided. The right to day-patient care is not limited in time.

Day-patient care is appropriate when

  • a short-term increased need for care occurs
  • a caregiver requires relief
  • a caregiver wishes to pursue (part-time) employment
  • the patient requires supervision for several hours a day

In a day care facility, elderly people, who otherwise live in their own dwelling, are cared for, assisted and supervised. It is assumed that day care users are mobile and not bedridden, and that care in their own home during the night, morning, evening and weekend is ensured.
Each day care facility has a car service, which takes patients from their home in the morning and returns them in the afternoon. This is part of the day care facility service.

A day care facilities offer, e.g.:

  • supervision and care by trained personnel;
  • social contact with other patients;
  • activities and offers tailored to the individual needs of the patient;
  • group meals;
  • relief to the daily caregiver.

To use day care, an application for day care nursing, including the institution details and frequency of use, must be submitted to the responsible nursing care fund. The nursing care fund is responsible for the costs of care-related expenses and social care, however, not for hotel or other investment costs. This creates a deductible, which can be claimed under the Nursing and Burden Relief fund (see information sheet no. 4). The day care facility then invoices the nursing care fund directly.

In addition to the nursing care allowance or nursing care service allowance, the nursing care insurance provides the following monthly payment:


Care level Benefit
2689 €
31,298 €
41,612 €
51,995 €