Support for Informal Care

Informal care is generally defined as the care and support provided to older, disabled or ill persons at their own homes by relatives or persons with whom they have a social relationship. Family caregivers are paid an informal care allowance. The allowance is taxable income, and the amount is determined according to how demanding the care provided is, and how dependent the care receiver is of the carer. Support for informal care is an entity that may consist of even other services.

Informal care providers have the right to have days off. How they are carried out is to be agreed on in a contract written between the carer and the municipality. In addition to the contract, a care and service plan is also formulated to determine how the implementation of informal care is carried out in practice.

Do the following

Apply for informal care allowance by filling the online form in My Services (select Social services).

Basic information and legislation

Informal care means arrangements for the care of a person who is old, disabled or ill at home, with a family member or a close friend in the role of their carer. Financial and operative support for informal care is available. Informal care support is a statutory social welfare service. Informal care support consists of the carer’s fee, services provided for the person cared for, and support for the informal carer.

The legislation contains provisions on the minimum amounts of informal care fees, the services provided to support care, the carer’s free time, the care and service plan and the contents of the informal care contract.