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Apply for subsidies for care-friendly improvements to living space

Description

If you are in need of care, your nursing care fund pays a subsidy under certain conditions for conversion measures that make your home suitable for care. These include, for example, the installation of a stair lift, widened doors and sleepers instead of steps. The measures are intended to enable an independent life in one's own home or to facilitate everyday care or to restore independent living.

Upon request, your nursing care fund pays a subsidy of up to EUR 4,000 for such adjustments and conversions. The subsidy is limited to the actual costs of the conversion measure. If the conversion costs more than EUR 4,000, you pay the amount above it yourself.

If you live with other people in need of care, for example in a nursing home community, you can use the subsidy to improve the common living environment. In total, a shared apartment or residential group can receive a subsidy of up to EUR 16,000.

The conversion measures that subsidize nursing care funds include, for example:

  • Adaptation of the living environment to your needs: window handles at wheelchair accessible height, stair lift, elevator
  • Adjustments to the building fabric: widened doors, floor-level shower, fixed ramps
  • Technical aids: height-adapted kitchen appliances, lowerable wall cabinets
  • Improvement of the living environment: relocation to a handicapped-accessible apartment, relocation from the upper to the ground floor

In principle, you can receive the subsidy once for a construction project. A new subsidy is possible if your care situation changes in such a way that further measures are necessary.

In old people's homes and nursing homes as well as residential facilities that are rented by the landlord only to people in need of care, however, the requirements are not met. You will not receive a subsidy here.
 

In order to receive a subsidy for measures to improve the living environment, you must submit an application to your responsible care fund. This is affiliated with your statutory health insurance, you can use the same contact details.

  • It is helpful if you take advantage of a nursing consultation before applying. This will also support you in the application process.
  • Ask your nursing care fund about the exact procedure and whether there is an application form.
  • For example, you can submit the application for a subsidy for measures to improve the living environment by post and – in the case of many care funds – submit it in person at the office or submit it online.
  • The nursing care fund checks the application. It may only assume costs that are necessary and economical.
  • Wait for the decision of the nursing care fund before you start with the adaptation or conversion measure. You must clarify any questions of tenancy law on your own responsibility and, if necessary, obtain the consent of the landlord.
  • When the measure has been completed and the costs incurred can be substantiated, for example by a craftsman's invoice, the nursing care fund will transfer the subsidy to you.
     
  • You have long-term care insurance
  • You have a degree of care
  • the conversion measure
    • enables home care,
    • facilitates home care for you and your caregiver, or
    • enables you to lead as independent a life as possible again
  • the conversion measure does not exceed the extent necessary
     
  • Cost estimate of the craft business that is to carry out the conversion

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

You do not have to pay anything for the application.

If necessary, fees are incurred by experts for the preparation of 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 amount above this.
 

Please submit the application for a subsidy for measures to improve the living environment to your nursing care fund before the start of the conversion measure.
If the nursing care fund cannot decide on the application within 3, or if the medical service is involved within 5 weeks, it must inform the applicant in good time, stating the reasons. If there is no notification of a sufficient reason, the service shall be deemed to have been approved after expiry of the deadline
 

Processing usually takes about 2 to 8 business days.
For a quick processing and decision, your nursing care fund must have the necessary information and, if necessary, necessary documents completely and meaningfully.
The nursing care fund decides on applications promptly.
Please note that the specified processing time is an average value of all nursing care funds. It may vary in individual cases.
The exact processing time also depends on the complexity of the individual case and can be extended accordingly. The same applies if documents or documents are sent by post to you or your nursing care fund.
If necessary, the medical service must be involved. This takes up to 5 weeks to process your request.
 

Forms: yes

Online procedure possible: Many nursing care funds offer an online procedure.

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance required: no
 

Evaluation is the responsibility of the service providers.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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