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Night care for people with statutory health insurance

Night care is intended to provide accompanying support for care at home. You can claim benefits of night care if home care cannot be ensured to a sufficient extent or if this is necessary to supplement or strengthen home care.

Within the framework of the maximum benefit amounts, the long-term care insurance fund assumes the care-related expenses, including the expenses for care, and the expenses for the medical treatment care services required in the facility. The costs for accommodation and meals as well as separately billable investment costs, on the other hand, must always be borne privately.

Night care facilities look after people in need of care who require assistance in going to bed, getting up and with personal hygiene measures.

Night care facilities are often used by people with dementia who have a disturbed day-night rhythm. If they are accommodated in a night care facility at night, their relatives can sleep through the night and return to caring for the person in need of care during the day.

People in need of care in care grades 2 to 5 can make use of day and night care in addition to outpatient care benefits in kind, care allowance or the combination benefit in accordance with § 38, without these entitlements being offset.

Process flow

  • You submit an application for night care benefits to your long-term care insurance fund.
  • You can obtain information on the required documents and the procedure from your long-term care insurance fund.

Competent authority

The responsibility lies with the respective nursing care insurance fund.


  • Night care must be applied for at the nursing care insurance fund.
  • It applies to persons in need of care with care degree 2 to 5, if home care cannot be ensured to a sufficient extent


  • if night care is required to supplement or strengthen home care.

Persons in need of care with care level 1 can draw on a benefit amount of 125 euros for night care. This amount corresponds to the monthly relief benefit contribution.

Which documents are required?

Ask your long-term care insurance fund what 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)