Older people services

Social welfare for older people is made up of social and health services, and income security.

The MSAH is responsible for the running of services for older people. It determines the course of service development, draws up legislation and oversees the implementation of reforms. The ministry also monitors service standards through the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health and the Regional State Administrative Agencies.

Municipalities are responsible for arranging the social and health services that older people require.

Information for older people is available through the comprehensive information portal on citizens' services.

The MSAH and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities have published quality recommendation for services for older people.


Legislation entitles older people to MSAH services mainly according to need, and not necessarily according to one's age.

Valvira and Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare

The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) operates  nationwide in guiding and overseeing social care. It guides the work of the Regional State Administrative Agencies to ensure that the suprevision and associated guidance is standardised throughout the country.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) produces information on services for older people and their functional capacity and associated requirements.

Further information

Satu Karppanen, Ministerial Adviser 
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Department for Communities and Functional Capacity / YTO, Functional Capacity Unit / TOK 0295163549