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If you care for a relative and are temporarily absent due to holidays, illness or other reasons, you can apply for substitute care. These prevention care benefits are available to care recipients in care grades 2 to 5 who are cared for at home. Preventive care is not granted if the person in need of care - before the substitute case occurred - was cared for exclusively by a care service. Preventive care can be provided by an outpatient care service or by a trusted person (relatives, friends, neighbours). Placement in an inpatient care facility is also possible. If the care is provided by persons who are not related to the person in need of care by marriage or marriage by marriage up to the second degree and who do not live with the person in need of care in the same household, the nursing care insurance fund will bear the costs up to 1,612 euros per calendar year. If close relatives who do not live in the household take over the substitute care, the amount paid by the nursing care insurance fund may not exceed 1.5 times the actual nursing care allowance. If necessary expenses of the substitute caregiver (for example, travel costs or loss of earnings) are added (proof required), the benefit can be increased up to a total of 1,612 euros. In addition to preventive care, up to 50 percent of the amount actually intended for short-term care (up to 806 euros in a calendar year) can be used for preventive care. This means that up to 2,418 euros per calendar year are available for preventive care. People in need of care with care degrees 2 to 5 can apply for preventive care for 6 weeks per calendar year.

At least care degree 2 must be available. Persons in need of care must have been cared for at home by a private caregiver (relatives, friends) for at least 6 months previously.

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