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Night care for those with statutory health insurance

Persons in need of care who are generally cared for at home can be cared for at night in a facility.

Detailed description

Night care is intended to provide support for home care. Night care (part-time care) means care during the night in a care facility, even though the person in need of care is receiving home care during the day.

You can make use of night care services if home care cannot be ensured to an adequate extent or if this is necessary to supplement or strengthen home care.

Within the maximum benefit amounts, the nursing care insurance fund covers the care-related expenses, including the costs of supervision, and the costs of the medical treatment services required in the facility. The costs for accommodation and meals as well as separately calculable investment costs, however, must generally be borne privately by you.

Night care facilities look after people in need of care who require assistance with going to bed, getting up and with personal hygiene measures.

Night care facilities are often used by people with dementia who have a disturbed day-night rhythm. If they are accommodated in a night care facility at night, their relatives can sleep through the night and take care of the person in need of care again during the day.

People in need of care in care levels 2 to 5 can receive part-time day and night care in addition to outpatient care benefits in kind, care allowance or the combined benefit, without this being counted towards these entitlements.




  • Night care must be applied for at the nursing care insurance fund.
  • It applies to people in need of care with care levels 2 to 5 if home care cannot be ensured to a sufficient extent or
  • if night care is required to supplement or strengthen home care.

Documents required

Ask your local authority what documents are required and whether there is a special application form.

Please note

People in need of care with care level 1 can claim a benefit amount of 125 euros for night care. This amount corresponds to the monthly relief benefit contribution.




  • You submit your application together with the necessary documents.
  • The responsible authority will examine your application and, if necessary, request any missing documents or information from you.
  • The responsible authority will inform you in writing about the decision on your application.

Processing time

The processing time varies depending on the individual case.


Check with your care fund.

Legal remedies


Legal basis

§ 41 Eleventh Book of the Social Code (SGB XI)

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Keywords: care insurance Partial care

Last updated: 18.07.2024