Federal long-term care allowance
At the end of 2018 a total of 462 179 people received a long-term
care allowance on the basis of the Federal Act for Long-Term Care Allowance
(+3 396 and +0.7% resp. compared to 2017; excluding persons with an inactive
care allowance entitlement). This number also included the beneficiaries
of former provincial long-term care allowances (end of 2018: 71 950).
The Laender’s previous long-term care benefit acts were repealed on
31 December 2011 and responsibilities for long-term care allowance were
transferred from the Laender to the federal government. Since this Act
came into force at the beginning of July 1993, the long-term care allowance
has been awarded according to the required care needs (and regardless
of income and assets) at seven allowance levels (2018 level 1: €157.30;
level 2: €290.00; level 3: €451.80; level 4: €677.60; level 5:
€920.30; level 6: €1 285.20; level 7: €1 688.90).
At the end of 2018 63% of the beneficiaries were women.
The majority of people in need of long-term care received support at
the lower levels:
68% of beneficiaries drew an allowance that fell within the first three
levels, the remainder within the four higher levels. The percentage
split between the allowance levels was identical for women and men (each
68%). However, there are significant differences between the genders
is also taken into account. The percentage of people older than 60 was
at all levels higher for women than for men (the difference was highest
at levels 6 and 7).
Expenditure on the federal long-term care allowance in 2018
was around €2.66 bn (including administrative costs; +4.4% compared
to 2017). The average allowance amounted to €5 704 per year or €475
per month (the allowance is paid 12 times per year).
In 2019, an annual average figure of 463 662 people received federal
long-term care allowance (including persons with an inactive care allowance
entitlement). The annual expenditure (excluding administrative costs)
was around €2.64 bn.
Please consult our German
website for tables and charts containing further information.
|Results (overview): Federal long-term care allowance|
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