In 2018, a total of 153 486 clients were cared for by outpatient services and 95 100 people in care lived in inpatient facilities that were financially supported by social assistance or the means-tested income scheme. 9 871 people claimed benefits of short-term care in inpatient facilities and semi-inpatient services were provided to 8 188 people. 3 485 people lived in alternative living facilities and 103 774 people obtained benefits in kind of case and care management.
About two-thirds of the clients were women (end of 2018). More than 70% (outpatient services) and almost 80% in inpatient services (including alternative living facilities) of the persons claiming care services were at the age of 75 or older. Due to the higher need for care of people living in inpatient facilities they received cash benefits at a higher care category: The percentage share of the care categories 4 to 7 was 72%, whereas only 29% of the clients of outpatient services belonged to these care categories.
At the end of 2018, the biggest amount of care staff was employed at inpatient facilities with 35 380 FTE (full-time equivalents). At that time, the sector of outpatient services employed carers in the amount of 12 547 FTE. The percentage share of women was even higher than that among clients (92% in inpatient services, 845 in outpatient services including alternative living facilities).
In 2018, the gross expenditure for long-term care benefits amounted to €
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