Care allowance

If the injury or illness reduces the injured person to such a state of helplessness that he or she cannot manage without another person’s help, he or she will be paid a care allowance under workers’ compensation insurance. The injured person is also entitled to care allowance when a severe injury or illness otherwise causes him or her exceptional difficulties.  

The Workers’ Compensation Act providers for three care allowance categories. The description of the injury or illness determines the allowance category.  

Maximum care allowance is paid if the employee needs continuous, daily and time-consuming care, help, supervision or guidance due to his or her injury or illness.   

Increased care allowance is paid if the employee needs daily and regular care, help, supervision or guidance due to his or her injury or illness.  

Basic care allowance is paid if the employee needs regular care, help, supervision or guidance in some daily activities due to his or her injury or illness.  

Costs arising from the employment of a personal assistant are not compensable, as the compensation is paid in the form of care allowance.  

Care allowance is a tax-exempt compensation. 

Care allowance is, however, not paid for a period during which the injured person is treated in a hospital or other institution.  

Care allowance amounts (in Finnish)

Modified 04.08.2016