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Carer benefits and the appointment of a carer

In setting up the caregiving and appointing a carer, an adult with a mental or physical disability will be ensured the necessary assistance in upholding their rights and fulfilling obligations by giving specific tasks to a carer who is suitable for the job. By paying a carer benefit, a person with a profound or severe disability will be ensured everyday personal assistance, guidance and supervision. This will support the independent coping of the disabled person. A health insurance is also appointed to the carer while taking care of the family member.

How does a carer get appointed?

Before determining a carer allowance, the social worker will assess the person’s need for care at their home. The social worker will determine what help the person needs, what they can do themselves, the conditions at their home, etc. The social worker will also determine the suitability of the potential carer: can they and are they willing to fulfil the necessary tasks for the specific person?

What does caregiving mean?

Caregiving is the carer’s everyday physical activity to provide personal assistance to a person needing care and guide them in eating, hygiene procedures, getting dressed, moving or communicating. Supervision is ensuring the safety of a person who can pose a threat to themselves or others, their health or assets by doing or failing to do something.

The carer’s allowance will be paid accordingly:

  • to a carer who looks after a person (at least 16 years old) with a severe disability: 50 euros a month
  • to a carer who looks after a person (at least 16 years old) with a profound disability: 100 euros a month