Who can claim a care allowance?
In principle, anyone who requires care can claim a care allowance. People in employment can also draw a care allowance in accordance with the provincial care allowance legislation of the Austrian province in which they are resident.
When are you entitled to claim a care allowance?
- In the event of a permanent need for care or assistance because of physical, mental or emotional disability
- In the event of a minimum care requirement of 50 hours per month
- If you are resident in Austria. (Under certain circumstances, a care allowance may also be granted in the EEA area)
A need for care exists if support is needed for care procedures. Care procedures are all personal needs, such as cooking, eating, taking medication, dressing, personal hygiene, etc.
Only the 5 cases of assistance below are taken into account as a need for care:
- Procurement of food and medicines
- Cleaning the home
- Personal hygiene
- Heating the living space of the person needing care
- Accompanying the person needing care to the doctor or on official business
A medical expert assessor from the competent office decides on the assignment of a care allowance level. Care staff and family carers may also provide information about the everyday care routine.
The amount of care allowance is divided into 7 levels depending on the extent of the need for care and irrespective of the cause of the need for care:
CAUTION: CHANGES FROM 2011 ONWARDS!
Level 1 – over 60 hours – € 154.20
Level 2 – over 85 hours – € 284.30
Level 3 – over 120 hours – € 442.90
Level 4 – over 160 hours – € 664.30
Level 5 – over 180 hours – € 902.30
Level 6 – over 180 hours – € 1,260.00 (continuous day and night care)
Level 7 – over 180 hours – € 1,655.80 (no deliberate movement possible)
Status: 2010 (Source KOBV – Austrian umbrella organisation for associations for victims of war and people with disabilities) and Ministry for Social Affairs (amendments 2011)
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