Combination of cash and in-kind benefits for persons with statutory care insurance

For home care, people in need of care are entitled to benefits in kind. This includes body-related care services, nursing care measures or help with housekeeping. This home care assistance is usually provided by outpatient care services. If these benefits in kind are only partially used, those in need of care have a pro rata claim to care allowance ((§37 SGB XI)). The available care allowance is reduced by the percentage in which the person in need of care makes use of benefits in kind. The decision on the ratio in which cash and in-kind benefits are claimed is binding for 6 months. During short-term care (for up to eight weeks) or preventive care (for up to six weeks), the care allowance is 50 percent of the amount paid before the start of short-term or preventive care. If persons in need of care from fully inpatient facilities are temporarily cared for at home, they are also entitled to care allowance for this period.

Check with your care fund which documents are required and whether there is a special application form.


Preconditions
Care benefits are only partially used applies only to persons in need of care with care level 2 to 5
The combination care regulation must be applied for at the care fund. Submit the application in writing so that you can prove that you have applied for the combination maintenance.

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality

Last update or date of publication
15.10.2020