Family caregivers get support

Taking care of someone can be very stressful. Many relatives feel exhausted between daily care, work, household and family. Finding a suitable nursing service can be a much-needed relief.

If you care for relatives in need of care, seek help in a timely manner and plan for sufficient time off. Make sure you take care of yourself: you cannot look after your relatives if you neglect your own well-being. There are many support services that cater to your requirements. We will be happy to point you in the right direction. For in-home care, Care Levels 1 to 5 are supported with a relief amount of 125 Euros per month. You could use this amount to pay for daytime or night-time care or home-based assistance, for instance.

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Time off from providing care: daycare, preventive care or short-term care

If you are a private caregiver and go on a holiday or get ill, the nursing care insurance provider will cover the costs for your replacement caregiver for up to six weeks and a maximum of 1,612 Euros. This preventive care can be transferred to a residential facility or relatives or friends. A daycare option provides frequent relief for people who live with the person in need of care in a household: experts look after them in groups. Joint meals and sports or musical activities promote social contacts between people.

Social security for caregivers

Caregivers often work part-time or temporarily give up gainful employment. Did you know that relatives can also be insured under the statutory pension insurance because of their care activities? Accident insurance and contributions to unemployment insurance also secure family caregivers. We can tell you more about the possibility of being exempted from work for a limited period of time.

4 – Offers for support in everyday life

The offers for support in everyday life is meant to provide support and burden relief to caregiving relatives and other related caregivers. This enables people who are in need of assistance to be more independent and self-reliant in everyday life....

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5 – Choosing a Nursing Care Service

You can choose from a variety of home nursing care service providers to provide assistance with hygiene, household duties and supervision. There are also nursing care services that have special offers such as care for young nursing patients or patients...

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6 – Household help

Many people need help with shopping, cooking or with cleaning living spaces. On request, the medical insurance company will cover the costs for household help due to serious illness, particularly after a hospital stay. (See information sheet no. 1 Home...

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8 – Respite Care –“ Short-term Care

Domestic care when the care provider is unavailable (respite care) When a private caregiver is unavailable due to holidays, sickness or for other reasons prevented to perform care, the nursing care insurance covers the costs of the required substitute care...

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11 – Full-time nursing care

If home or outpatient nursing care is no longer sufficient, it may become necessary to move to a nursing home. Full-time nursing care is mainly used by people who are in need of care in the sense of the nursing...

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16 – Home Environment Adaptation

Aside from obtaining aids, adapting your home can involve structural reconfigurations such as removal of thresholds, making the bathroom and kitchen handicap friendly, or elevating the balcony. Even small changes can make life much easier in your own home, help...

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17 – For the use of certain care aids

For the use of certain care aids intended for general hygiene, the protection of caregivers and which simplifies care giving. Generally, due to the material properties or for hygienic reasons, they can be used only once. Which aids are available...

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18 – Aids and Nursing Care Products

Aids are objects which compensate for physical impairments. There is a difference between aids and nursing care products. The cost for aids is covered in full or in part by the health insurance fund in order to support a medical...

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19 – Emergency Call System

If you are afraid that you won–™t be able to get help after a fall or an accident in your home, installing an emergency call system can be a good solution. Which home emergency call systems are available?  

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20 – Mobility Assistance

For the elderly, the ill or handicapped, it is often difficult for them to leave their home. People who live alone may therefore feel isolated and lonely. Various options exist that can help people in these situations stay mobile, keep...

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32 – Social Security for Caregivers

Through the Care Insurance Act (§ 44 SGB XI), options for social security protection of caregivers has been created: Pension insurance scheme Many people can pursue only in a limited capacity or no longer pursue their jobs due to the...

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33 – Laws regarding reconciliation of nursing care and working life

If close family members want to care for a person in need of care for a certain period, they have the opportunity to seek leave of absence from work. Under the law to improve reconciliation of work and care there...

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35 – Care of severely ill and dying individuals

Severely ill and dying individuals need support and guidance, so that they can live out their lives according to their own wishes for as long as possible. The palliative care aims at reducing ailments and maintaining the quality of life...

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40 – Travel – respite and recovery

For persons in need of help and care and their relatives Travel is fun and increases the joy of life, often far beyond the holiday period itself. Mobility impaired people, those diagnosed with dementia or parents with children in need...

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41 – 24 – hour nursing care and supervision at home

Many persons in need of care want   / or require 24-hour care in their home. Often, however, this exceeds the mental and physical capabilities of the relatives. The following options are available as full-time care and care can be organized...

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