Apply for care benefits in kind for those with long-term care insurance Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you are in need of care and are being cared for at home, you can apply for care benefits in kind.

In the case of home care, you as a person in need of care are entitled to benefits in kind such as body-related care, nursing care measures or help with household management.

This home care assistance is usually provided by outpatient nursing or care services. Home care assistance is also possible if you live in a shared care apartment or in the household of family caregivers, but not in a nursing home or other full inpatient facility.

Depending on the care degree, you have a certain monthly budget for care benefits in kind at your disposal (as of 2021):

  • for care degree 2 a maximum of EUR 689.00
  • for care level 3 a maximum of EUR 1,298
  • for care level 4 a maximum of EUR 1,612
  • for care level 5 a maximum of EUR 1,995

If you do not make use of the outpatient care benefits in kind up to the maximum amount, you can:

  • convert unused care benefits in kind into care allowance. This is referred to as a combination benefit.

In addition to the care benefits in kind, you can use the relief amount. This is a monthly amount that serves to reimburse expenses incurred by the insured person in connection with the use of, among other things, services provided by outpatient care services within the meaning of Section 36 of Book XI of the Social Code, but not self-care services in care grades 2 to 5.

  • If you already have a care degree: Notification from the nursing care insurance company about the determination of the nursing care degree (expert opinion of the medical service of the nursing care insurance)
  • if necessary: power of attorney, guardian's identity card
  • if necessary: medical documents
  • if applicable: severely disabled person's ID card

Depending on the individual case, further documents may be required. Please contact your long-term care insurance company for more information.

- Forms: yes

- Online procedure possible: many long-term care insurance companies offer an online procedure.

- Written form required: no

- Personal appearance required: no

Related Links

  • Zum Antrag auf häusliche Pflegehilfe über den Kassen-Navigator des GKV-Spitzenverbands


  • You have care degree 2, 3, 4 or 5
    • With care level 1, you can only apply for the relief amount.
  • The care benefit in kind is provided by an approved outpatient care or support service (or individual workers) who have concluded a contract with your care insurance fund.

Related Links

  • § 36 Elftes Buch Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB XI)
  • §7a Elftes Buch Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB XI)

Related Links

  • Pflegeleistungs-Helfer auf der Internetseite des Bundesgesundheitsministeriums
  • Online-Ratgeber Pflege auf der Internetseite des Bundesgesundheitsministeriums
  • Suche des nächstgelegenen Pflegestützpunktes vom "Zentrum für Qualität in der Pflege"

You can apply for care benefits in kind (home care assistance from outpatient services) by mail, for example, as well as - for many care insurance companies - in person at the office or submit it online.

  • You submit the application for care benefits in kind to your care insurance fund. If you are unable to do this yourself, you can authorize someone in writing.
  • If you have not yet been assigned a care level of at least 2, the long-term care insurance fund will commission the Medical Service or other independent assessment services to check whether you need care to at least care level 2.
  • The long-term care insurance fund evaluates the expert opinion, examines your application and informs you of the result.
  • Your nursing care insurance fund can also give you a list of approved nursing care services where you can compare services and prices.
  • Your long-term care insurance fund settles directly with the outpatient care service.

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