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.
- Quality recommendation to guarantee a good quality of life and improved services for older persons 2017–2019
Legislation entitles older people to MSAH services mainly according to need, and not necessarily according to one's age.
Legislation is pending that will safeguard the availability of social services for the older people.
- Act on care services for the elderly to ensure high standard of quality nationwide (Press release 8.11.2012)
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.