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Social benefits and services for older adults

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Have you reached retirement age or need daily support and help? Tallinn offers various services and benefits to older adults, such as discounts on hobby activities at day centres, alarm buttons and home services to feel safer at home. You can also find services for people taking care of their family members on this website. 

Benefits for older adults


Home support

Tallinn offers various services that allow older adults in need of personal assistance to live in their own home as long as possible. You can apply for these services at the social welfare unit of your place of residence.

  • Home service (care at home): home service includes help with cleaning, housework and personal care.
  • Alarm button: social security service for older adults which allows them to call for help quickly in the event of an accident.
  • Adapting the living space: adapt the living space for people with physical disabilities, ramps
  • Assistance aids: an assistance aid with a discount from the government
  • Home nurse: for people who have chronic diseases and do not need consent supervision from a doctor but need nursing and counselling for everyday coping.
  • Social housing: housing for people or families who are not able to ensure their own housing and need help coping with everyday life (social services and benefits).
  • Social transportation: transport service paid partially or fully by Tallinn.

Activities during the day

Day centres provide elderly people the opportunity to spend their free time socially and communicate with other people. In addition to social services, the day centres offer an affordable lunch, hobby activities and beauty services. Find the day centre nearest to your home and check out the hobby activities offered.

  • Day centre for older adults: elderly people can socialise and meet other people their age, participate in various affordable hobby activities and use the sauna at Tallinn’s day centres.
  • Book delivery: Tallinn residents whose health condition does not allow them to visit a library can get books delivered to their home once a month.
  • Catering: soup kitchens provide one warm meal a day for people. You can find more information about the catering offered at day centres here.
  • Saunas: shower facilities for people who do not have them at their place of residence; sauna service for a fee.
  • Self-Help and Advisory Association for Senior Citizens: an association for people of pension age, hobby activities, counselling, events

Counselling services for the elderly

How to manage financially if your income is small or you are suddenly hit with unexpected expenses; psychological crisis counselling to cope with difficult situations.


Support for carers of their family members

Services meant for you if you help a family member in their daily activities. A carer looking after a family member can take a temporary break with the support of a substitute or take their loved one with dementia to a day centre.


Tallinn Social Welfare and Health Care Department’s projects

Counselling older adults

For more information on services and support, contact your local district social welfare department.

District contact details:

Haabersti District Administration
Ehitajate tee 109a/1
Kirsti Beljajev
+372 640 4871

City Centre Administration
Pärnu mnt 9
Kaire Neeme
+372 645 7834

Kristiine District Administration
Metalli tn 5
Pille Toomsalu
+372 645 7148

Lasnamäe District Administration
Pallasti tn 54
Leili Vaikmaa
+372 645 7756

Mustamäe District Administration
E. Vilde tee 118
Aivi Kokk
+372 645 7561

Nõmme District Administration
Valdeku tn 13
Elina Hanstein
+372 645 7381

Pirita District Administration
Kloostri tee 6
Helene Liivak
+372 645 7622

North Tallinn Administration
Kari tn 13
Kai Keller
+372 645 7087


Last modified 30.10.2023