You can obtain attendance allowance if you have a substantial and durable disability and need personal assistance to cope with your daily life. To obtain the allowance from Försäkringskassan [the Swedish Social Insurance Agency], you must need assistance with your basic needs for more than 20 hours a week. If you can manage with less time, you should contact your municipality for assistance.
Who is eligible for attendance allowance?
If you need assistance for more than 20 hours a week with basic needs such as washing, dressing, eating, communicating and moving about, you can obtain attendance allowance. You must also belong to one of the following groups:
- Persons with a development disorder, autism or related disability.
- Persons with a considerable and durable impaired intelligence after brain damage in adult years caused by violence from an external source or physical illness.
- Persons with other durable physical or mental disabilities, which are evidently not caused by normal ageing.
The disability must be substantial and cause considerable difficulty in your daily life.
There is no lower age limit for obtaining attendance allowance. You can receive attendance allowance after the age of 65 provided that you have been granted it before that age.
What does personal assistance mean?
Personal assistance means personally designed assistance provided in different situations by a limited number of people. Personal assistance for basic needs means assistance in washing and dressing, eating, communicating with others and moving about, or other assistance that requires detailed knowledge of your disability.
You may be eligible to personal assistance for other needs
If you need assistance with basic needs for an average of more than 20 hours a week, you may also be eligible for personal assistance for other help in your daily life, for example, cooking, shopping, taking part in leisure activities or working.
The decision is yours
You decide how the assistance is to be arranged. You can
be an employer and employ one or more assistants form an association or a co-operative with other people with disabilities, which employs several assistants use a company like Luna Care AB.
There is nothing to prevent you from employing an assistant at the same time as you receive assistance through the municipality or another organisation.
You can also obtain attendance allowance if you use a member of your household as an assistant. The member of your household shall then be employed by the municipality or another assistance provider.
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