Social benefits for people in need of care

There are many social benefits for those in need of care, such as cash benefits and everyday support. How can I make sense of the available options?

The complex interaction of nursing care insurance, health insurance, social welfare office and other institutions can be complicated for people in need of care or their relatives. We provide orientation and consider your very individual circumstances.

Assistance for nursing care

What happens if the nursing care insurance benefits are lower than the actual care costs? Even if the income and assets of the person requiring care and of the spouse are insufficient, you can request assistance from the –˜Hilfe zur Pflege–™ (help for care) group of the social welfare authorities. The application can be submitted to the social welfare office of your district office. The –˜Hilfe zur Pflege–™ group can also be used for outpatient care at home as well as for partial of full inpatient care at the nursing home.

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Maintenance obligation of children

Once the welfare office assumes the care costs, it also examines whether the children of the person in need of care can participate. Would the children have to sell their flat to afford the care? Has the income of the daughter/son-in-law been taken into account? We will brief you on the maintenance obligation and the impact on the relatives of those in need of care.

Support in everyday life

We would be happy to provide you with an overview of social benefits that simplify daily life for those in need of care, such as mobility and transport services. They help people in need of care maintain contact with the outside world.
We also offer detailed information about the special rights and benefits to which severely disabled people are entitled, such as the discounted use of public transportation, tax advantages or an exemption from broadcasting fees. You can apply for a disabled person–™s pass at the Office for Public Support. Do not hesitate to get in touch to find out about the requirements.

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