Berlin / Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - Care in the home is becoming more and more expensive for people in need of care.
The cost share to be paid in North Rhine-Westphalia continues to rise to an average of 2460 euros per month, according to data from the Association of Substitute Funds as of January 1st.
That is 55 euros more than half a year earlier.
There are still major regional differences nationwide.
In a comparison of the federal states, home places in North Rhine-Westphalia remained the most expensive.
In contrast, the lowest financial burden for home residents is in Saxony-Anhalt with an average of 1,465 euros per month.
The national average at the beginning of the year was 2068 euros per month.
On the one hand, the sums include the co-payment for pure care and support.
Because, unlike health insurance, long-term care insurance only bears part of the costs.
For home residents, there are also costs for accommodation, food and investments in the facilities.
The co-payment for pure care alone has now increased to a national average of 831 euros, after it had been 731 euros on January 1, 2020.
In a country comparison, it is still highest in Baden-Württemberg with an average of 1121 euros.
This is followed by Berlin with 1034 euros and Bavaria with 985 euros.
In contrast, it is significantly less in Thuringia with 554 euros, Saxony-Anhalt with 580 euros and Schleswig-Holstein with 637 euros.
In NRW it is 854 euros.
There is also a wide range nationwide in terms of the cost of accommodation and meals: from 593 euros in Saxony-Anhalt to 1051 euros in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The national average is 779 euros.
The honorary chairman of the Association of Substitute Funds (vdek), Uwe Klemens, told the German Press Agency that those affected needed support.
The planned care finance reform must therefore be passed before the federal election.
"If nothing happens with the personal contributions, then more and more people will be dependent on social assistance benefits."
This already affects around ten percent of all those in need of care.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) has presented key points for a reform in order to counteract the burdens.
According to this, a maximum of 700 euros per month should be paid as an own share for pure care, limited to 36 months.
Among other things, the concept provides for a permanent federal subsidy for long-term care insurance and a slight increase in the surcharge on care contributions for insured persons without children by 0.1 percentage points.
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