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Apply for grants for care-related improvements to living space


If you are in need of care, your care insurance fund will, under certain conditions, pay a subsidy for conversion measures that make your home suitable for care. This includes, for example, the installation of a stair lift, wider doors and thresholds instead of steps. The measures should enable you to live independently in your own home or make everyday care easier or restore independent living.

On application, your care insurance fund will pay a subsidy of up to EUR 4,000 for such adaptations and conversions. The subsidy is limited to the actual costs of the conversion measure. If the conversion costs more than EUR 4,000, you will pay the excess amount yourself.

If you live with other people in need of care, for example in a shared care home, you can use the grant to improve the shared living environment. In total, a shared flat or group of flats can receive a grant of up to EUR 16,000.

The conversion measures that are subsidized by care insurance companies include, for example

  • Adapting the living environment to your needs: Window handles at wheelchair-accessible height, stair lift, elevator
  • Adaptations to the building fabric: wider doors, level-access shower, fixed ramps
  • Technical aids: height-adapted kitchen appliances, lowerable wall cupboards
  • Improvements to the living environment: moving to a disabled-friendly apartment, moving from the upper floor to the first floor

You can generally receive the grant once for a construction project. A further grant is possible if your care situation changes in such a way that further measures become necessary.

In retirement and care homes and residential facilities that are only rented out commercially by the landlord to people in need of care, however, the requirements are not met. You will not receive a subsidy here.

  • You have long-term care insurance
  • You have a care degree
  • the conversion measure
    • makes home care possible,
    • makes home care easier for you and your caregiver or
    • enables you to lead as independent a life as possible again
  • the conversion measure does not exceed what is necessary
  • Cost estimate from the tradesman who is to carry out the conversion

Depending on the individual case, further documents may be required. Please contact your care insurance fund for more information.

You do not have to pay anything for the application.

You may have to pay fees for experts or surveyors to draw up an expert opinion on possible structural measures, for example with regard to statics or for cost estimates.

If the conversion costs exceed EUR 4,000, you must pay the excess amount.

Please submit the application for a subsidy for measures to improve the living environment to your care insurance fund before starting the conversion work.
If the long-term care insurance fund is unable to make a decision on the application within 3 weeks, or within 5 weeks if the Medical Service is involved, it must inform the applicant of this in good time, stating the reasons. If no sufficient reason is given, the benefit is deemed to have been approved after the deadline has expired

Processing normally takes around 2 to 8 working days.
In order to process and decide quickly, your long-term care insurance fund must have all the necessary information and any required documents in a complete and meaningful form.
The long-term care insurance fund decides on applications promptly.
Please note that the processing time stated is an average value for all long-term care insurance funds. It may vary in individual cases.
The exact processing time also depends on the complexity of the individual case and may be longer. The same applies if documents or records are sent to you or your long-term care insurance fund by post.
The Medical Service may need to be involved. It may take up to an additional 5 weeks to process your request.

Forms: yes

Online procedure possible: Many long-term care insurance companies offer an online procedure.

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance necessary: no

To receive a grant for measures to improve your living environment, you must submit an application to your care insurance fund. This is affiliated to your statutory health insurance fund and you can use the same contact details.

  • It is helpful if you make use of a care consultation before applying. This will also help you with the application.
  • Ask your care insurance fund about the exact procedure and whether there is an application form.
  • You can submit the application for a subsidy for measures to improve your living environment by post, for example, or - with many long-term care insurance companies - in person at the office or online.
  • The care insurance fund will check the application. It may only cover costs that are necessary and economical.
  • Wait for the decision of the care insurance fund before you start with the adaptation or conversion measures. You must clarify any questions relating to tenancy law on your own responsibility and, if necessary, obtain the landlord's or landlady's consent.
  • Once the measure has been completed and the costs incurred can be documented, for example by means of a tradesman's invoice, the care insurance fund will transfer the grant to you.

Assessment is the responsibility of the service providers.

Federal Ministry of Health

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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