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Apply for nursing courses for caring relatives and caregivers during care time


If you would like to care for relatives or voluntarily care for them at home, you can take part in courses and training courses of long-term care insurance. You can apply for participation at your nursing care fund. The nursing care fund is affiliated with your statutory health insurance, so you can use the same contact details.

The free courses provide you with the necessary knowledge and the right steps to carry out home care independently. They are intended to give you security in dealing with people in need of care.

There are 2 forms of nursing courses:

  • Nursing courses in a group
  • Nursing care funds and other institutions such as social stations or adult education centres offer general, public courses for several participants. The courses can take place on site or online.
  • Nursing training in the home
  • A professional specialist comes to the home of the person in need of care and shows you on site, for example, proper lifting. The training deals with your spatial conditions and individual situation.

In addition to basic courses, there are free special courses on certain diseases, such as dementia, Parkinson's disease, stroke or the care of children in need of care. In the courses, you will learn care measures that are geared to the specific clinical pictures.

The contents of the courses are determined by the nursing care fund. The contents are:

  • Practical care, for example helpful hand movements, nutrition in old age or handling of medication
  • Self-care, for example back-friendly lifting and carrying, dealing with psychological stress, preventive and short-term care
  • Law and social affairs, for example care law and what other help you can use
  • Hygiene, for example help with personal hygiene and hygiene measures in the home environment of those in need of care

Participation in a nursing course is independent of whether

  • you are already in a nursing activity,
  • the cared for person is in need of care within the meaning of the social long-term care insurance,
  • outpatient care services are already received and
  • there is a membership in the social long-term care insurance.

In order to cover the costs of nursing training in the apartment, the person to be cared for must be able to claim care. In the case of home care training, you need the written consent of the person in need of care.

As a rule, no documents are required. Please check with your nursing care fund whether it needs additional documents in individual cases.

The application and also the participation in a nursing course or a nursing training are free of charge for you.

You do not have to meet any deadlines.

Processing usually takes about 3 to 7 working 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.

  • Contradiction
  • Action before the Social Court

Contact the nursing care fund.

- Forms: yes

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

- Written form required: yes

- Personal appearance required: no

For example, you can submit the application for reimbursement of costs for a nursing course by post and – with many nursing care funds – submit it personally to the office or submit it online.

  • Inquire about nursing care courses with your nursing care fund, a nursing home or a municipal provider.
  • Select a nursing course and book your participation directly through the organizer.
  • Download the form for participation in a nursing course on the website of your nursing care fund.
  • Fill out the form and send it to your nursing care fund.

Some providers of nursing courses bill the participation directly with the nursing care funds. In this case, you do not have to submit a form to your nursing care fund.

Federal Ministry of Health

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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