A support person for a person with an intellectual disability

A support person is intended for people with intellectual disabilities who need personal assistance and guidance in everyday activities. A support person teaches necessary skills and habits for everyday life such as cleaning, personal hygiene and explaining why it is necessary to pay bills. A support person guides, motivates and helps the person develop their independence and sense of responsibility.

What does a support person do?

  • helps with social communication
  • helps with finding solutions for situations that require amendments
  • accompanies them to specialists’ appointments
  • helps with communicating with family members and their network (including developing and maintaining relations)
  • offers emotional support, shares experiences or information

A support person is someone who can guide you or give you reminders – they do not offer physical assistance.

  • Where to start

    Please contact the district government of your place of residence and they will evaluate the need for care.

    • The district government assesses the person’s need for care, makes a deliberate decision and composes a referral letter for the service.
    • The referral letter is valid as long as the person is considered disabled (view Social Insurance Board’s resolution)
    • An action plan outlining the main goals the person wishes to achieve with their support person will be written up.



    For contact information, choose institution from the list:

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