The right to care is a special form of state legal assistance. It regulates legal assistance and care for adults who cannot take matters into their own hands due to a mental illness or a physical, mental or emotional disability and are therefore dependent on the help of a caregiver. The right of care makes it possible to provide adults in need of assistance with a representative who may carry out legal acts for them in a precisely defined area of responsibility.
This form of state legal assistance is only intended for people who have not already made provisions with a power of attorney in the event of a later need for help.
A family member may also be considered as a caregiver.
Relatives and those affected receive support and advice from the local care centre and the care associations. The local care centre and the care associations also support and advise on the topics of preventive power of attorney, care directive and living will.
Persons who would like to assume responsibility as supervisors can receive accompanying advice, further training and assistance in the performance of tasks from the local care centre and the care associations.
Who should I contact?
The responsibility lies with the district and the district-free city.
Which documents are required?
No documents are required.
What are the fees?
There are no fees.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
There are no deadlines to be observed.
What else should I know?
- Guide Precautionary Power of Attorney for Accident, Illness and Old Age
- Legal support – volunteering in the judiciary (Flyer, 2016 including the addresses of state-approved care associations in Lower Saxony)
- Legal support – volunteering in the judiciary (handout as a working aid for volunteer supervisors)
- Website of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice on the subject of childcare law
- Website of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection on the subject of prevention and patients' rights
Addresses of care associations can be obtained from the local care centre/care authority or the care court at the local court.
Technically approved by
Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.