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 refers to the provision of at-home care for an elderly, disabled or sick person by a family member or some other person close to the person who is in need of care. The informal care support includes a care fee, services provided to the person receiving care, and support for the informal caregiver.

Informal care support is a statutory social service. The governing Act defines the minimum fee amounts for informal care, the services provided to support the care, the caregiver’s free periods and leaves, the care and service plan, and the contents of the informal care agreement.