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Institutional care for the elderly

Institutional care includes, for example, help with everyday routines, rehabilitation, support and guidance, recreational activities and health care or treatments. The purpose of institutional care, too, is to secure as well as possible functional abilities for an elderly client.

A fee defined by the client's payment abilities is charged for the long-term institutional care. The fee for an individual person, or for the spouse with smaller income, is 85% of their net income. (In this case, the spouse with the larger income continues to live in the couple's shared home.) The client will have 15% of their own net income at their disposal, or at least €105 a month. The fee charged from the spouse with larger income is 42.5% of the total net income of both spouses. (In this case, the spouse with the smaller income continues to live in the couple's shared home.) The client's disposable funds are included in the 57.5% of income remaining in the use of both spouses.

Institutional care is arranged at Kivelä, Koskela, Myllypuro and Kustaankartano senior centres. In addition to this, long-term institutional care is arranged as purchased service by Helsinki Seniorisäätiö.

New clients apply for the service by calling the Senior Info tel. 09 310 44556, Mon-Fri 9-15.


The aim is to primarily arrange the necessary care in the client's private home with the help of home care and other non-institutional services. A place in 24-hour care cannot be granted, if the client has not been using varied non-institutional services.

In order to define the fees, the client must give information about their income and assets.

The service is intended for the elderly and for under 65-year-old people with multiple illnesses.

The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.

Available languages:

Finnish, Swedish

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Social Services and Health Care Division

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