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Support for informal care

Informal care refers to the treatment and care of an elderly, disabled or ill person, in his or her home with the help of a family member or a loved one of the person in question.

Support for informal care consists of services given to the dependant, remuneration for the caretaker, leave, and other supporting services for informal care.

People under 65 years of age apply for support for informal care from the regional office of social work services for the disabled and people over 65 years of age the Senior info, tel. 09 3104 4556.

The support is applied for with a form. A doctor's statement, describing the functional abilities of the applicant, should be included with it.


Support for informal care can be granted if the person requires care or other assistance, due to a functional impairment, illness, disability or another similar reason. An additional requirement is that this care, or other assistance, can be arranged at the care receiver's home, by agreeing upon the care with a relative or another loved one approved of by the care receiver.

The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.

Available languages:

Finnish, Swedish

Related service points and contact information:


Social Services and Health Care Division

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