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Relief amount for costs of additional care services for persons insured for long-term care

People in need of home care are entitled to a relief amount of up to 125 euros per month (i.e. a total of up to 1,500 euros per year). The amount is earmarked for quality-assured services to relieve the burden on care-giving relatives and to promote the independence and self-determination of those in need of care in organising their everyday lives.

If the monthly benefit amount has not been fully exhausted in a calendar month, the remaining amount is carried over to the following calendar months. Benefit amounts that have not been used up at the end of the calendar year can still be carried over until the end of the following calendar half-year.

The amount can be used for

  • Benefits for day or night care,
  • short-term care services,
  • services provided by approved care services (but not for self-care services in care grades 2 to 5), or
  • services of the offers for the support in everyday life recognized according to the law of the Land.

Process flow

You must apply for the relief amount from the nursing care insurance fund.

Competent authority

The responsibility lies with the respective nursing care insurance fund.


For persons in need of care in home care from care level 1.

Which documents are required?

In order to obtain reimbursement for the expenses incurred, receipts must be submitted to the long-term care insurance fund or the private insurance company with which the person in need of long-term care is insured. The documents submitted and the application for reimbursement of the costs must show

  • in connection with which of the above-mentioned benefits (benefits of day or night care, benefits of short-term care, benefits of outpatient care services or / and benefits of offers for support in everyday life recognised under Land law) the person in need of care has incurred personal expenses and
  • to what extent the costs incurred for this are to be reimbursed from the relief amount.

As far as day or night care or short-term care is concerned, it is the practice of the long-term care insurance funds that cost shares for accommodation and meals incurred in connection with these services can also be reimbursed from the relief amount.

Please ask your long-term care insurance fund which documents are required and whether there is a special application form.

What are the fees?

The application is free of charge.

Fee: free of charge

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?


Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Equality

Professionally released on



The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)