Becoming an informal carer
If you are close to a sick, disabled or elderly person, you may act as their informal carer and receive informal care support. An informal carer concludes an agreement with the municipality.
A person who is close to a sick, disabled or elderly person can act as an informal carer to their loved one. Your loved ones are considered to include your spouse or cohabitant, parent, grandparent, adult child or some other person close to you. The carer and the care recipient may live in the same household or in their own homes. This may be significant when determining the amount of compensation paid as informal care support.
An informal carer can serve in the working life while acting as a carer. An unemployed person can also act as an informal carer.
The help that loved ones give to each other can gradually turn into an informal care relationship. For example, a typical situation involves an elderly spouse or parent who keeps needing more and more help.
The need for informal care can also emerge suddenly, for instance, when a child is born with a disability or a family member becomes disabled or seriously ill.
The line between ordinary help and official informal caring supported by the municipality is blurred. If the help you provide is necessary for your loved one and they would not be able to cope without it, an informal care relationship has been formed. It is important that a person caring for a loved one recognises the situation early enough and seeks help for informal care and personal coping.
An agreement on informal care is concluded with the municipality. You commit to take care of your loved one as described in the agreement in more detail until further notice or for a fixed period. Both you and the person you are caring for are entitled to receive the necessary services and support from the municipality based on decisions made by the municipality.
If the situation changes so that informal care is no longer the best alternative because of your personal welfare, coping or life situation, you have the right to drop the commitment.
If you feel unable to continue with the agreement, you must immediately contact the contact person in your municipality. The municipality must make some other arrangements for the care of your loved one. When an informal carer terminates the agreement, the period of notice of the agreement is one month. The informal carer is not required to present any justifications for the decision. If the agreement endangers the health or safety of the informal carer or care recipient, the agreement must be immediately terminated.