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Regulations on support for informal caregivers reformed

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Publication date 16.9.2005 8.10
Press release -

The government has presented legislation on support for informal caregivers. The new law, due to take effect at the start of next year, updates and replaces existing regulations on family care support.

The new law will ensure a minimum compensation fee of EUR 300 for family caregivers. Caregivers who have had to stop work to look after a family member during a critical transition period in care needs will receive a minimum of EUR 600 a month.

Care and service plans that are drawn up for people in need will also take account of support services for caregivers. Caregivers will also be entitled to a time off, a measure in the new law that bolsters the possibilities of municipalities to arrange breaks for caregivers without a loss of compensation. In addition, the law sets out more specific rules on caregiver's contracts and defines the preconditions for becoming a caregiver.

Further information:

Lotta Silvennoinen, Ministerial Counsellor, Legal Affairs tel. +358 9 160 73187

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