Many dependent people are cared for by their relatives. But this is often self-sacrificing activity, poorly supported.

The Germans are getting older. The probability of not only old, but the age to become a nursing case is quite high. Each patient can be lucky if he then has a close relative who is willing to care for him in his home environment.

The levels of care

The 1995 was introduced in Germany support the patient care, in voluntary care by a family member with a care allowance. With professional, outpatient hospital care or even takes over the insurance will pay. In this case, the amount of the allowance or the amount of the acquisition costs of care for the level of care. The level of care is divided into three stages, the care level 1 being the lowest and the care level 3 being the highest level.

The financial aspect

Every care is not exercised professional basis, is a voluntary activity. The patient receives from his care fund, depending on the level of care each month between 235 euros and 700 euros. Of which may or must pay the patient’s relatives, who cares for him. Has the patient care level 3, which is for the volunteer caregiver usually a 24 hour job. The nurse in this case is for the equivalent of 1 euro per hour worked. Takes the patient, with the same level of care, an outpatient care department, so he gets out of his care fund for the costs a nursing amount of 1550 euros a month. The nursing service provides only basic care. In care level 3 are the 4 hours of daily effort, for the cashed Nursing converted 12.90 euros an hour.

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Who maintains it?

In care Statistics, which is published every 2 years by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, been a decline in the care provided by family and an increase in professional, outpatient and in-patient care is recorded. We can deduce quite possible that the voluntary care of a family member not appear very attractive, you see times from a possibly existing moral obligation. In the field of nursing romp countless private, outpatient care services. For these industrial nurses, business still seems worthwhile. And for the many operators of nursing homes seems to be an in-patient care of pocket.

What needs to change?

The federal government promotes always enjoy the private care. The proposed amendment to the Maintenance Time Act does not go far enough. Apart from financial incentives must also be more considerate of the professional circumstances are taken of the person who will take care of his relatives. The nurse is often forced to give up his job. Ultimately, it is then a case for social assistance. The increase in inpatient and outpatient care increasingly impacted the care funds and thus the contributors. It would be easy here to provide the caregiver a better financial position and, to transfer care funds in the cost.