Combination of cash benefits and benefits in kind for those with statutory long-term care insurance

General information

People in need of care are entitled to benefits in kind for home care. This includes body-related care services, nursing care measures or help with housekeeping. This home care help is usually provided by outpatient care services.

If these benefits in kind are only partially used, those in need of care have a proportional entitlement to care allowance (Section 37 SGB XI). The care allowance available is reduced by the percentage by which the person in need of care avails of benefits in kind.

The decision as to the ratio of cash benefits and benefits in kind is binding for 6 months.

During short-term care (for up to eight weeks) or preventive care (for up to six weeks), the care allowance is 50 percent of the amount that was paid before the start of short-term or preventive care.

If people in need of care from inpatient facilities for disabled people are temporarily cared for at home, they are also entitled to care allowance for this time.

Legal bases

Required documents

Inquire with your long-term care insurance fund which documents are required and whether there is a special application form.


  • Care services in kind are only partially used
  • only applies to people in need of care with care level 2 to 5


The application is free of charge.

Process flow

  • The combined care regulation must be requested from the care fund.
  • Submit the application in writing so that you can prove that you have applied for the combination maintenance.



Competent authority

The responsibility lies with the respective care insurance.

Approved by

Ministry of Social Affairs, Integration and Equal Opportunities Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

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A care service can support caregiving relatives.