If you have a disability or illness that causes you to need special assistive devices to be able to work, Försäkringskassan can pay an allowance to you or your employer. The allowance is called allowance for assistive devices. You can also receive an allowance to conduct an expert assessment to find out what assistive devices you need.
Can I or my employer receive assistive devices?
By answering a few questions about your situation in the guide for persons with disabilities, you can easily see if you are eligible for assistive devices.
You or your employer can receive the allowance for assistive devices if you:
- Have an illness or disability that causes you to need assistive devices.
- Have worked for the employer for more than 12 months. If you are self-employed, you can receive assistive devices if the company has existed or has been established for more than 12 months. If you have worked for a shorter amount of time, you can still receive assistive devices but you must contact the Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) for help.
- Are not yet 67 years old.
- Are insured in Sweden. You are insured in Sweden if you work here. There are some exceptions to this rule.
How much allowance can I receive for assistive devices?
You can normally receive a maximum of SEK 50,000 in allowance. But, you may be granted a higher amount if special circumstances exist.
If your employer is the one applying, they can receive allowance for half the cost up to a maximum of SEK 50,000. But, your employer may be granted a higher amount if special circumstances exist. Regardless of the cost, the employer must always pay SEK 10,000 of the cost of the assistive devices themselves.
What type of assistive devices can I receive allowance for?
Assistive devices that are tailored to your particular illness or disability and that you need to be able to perform your work tasks. Examples of such are assistive listening devices needed to supplement your hearing aid, or assistive vision devices such as a Braille display or video magnifier.
You cannot receive allowance for assistive devices you also need outside of work. An example of this is hearing aids. If you need such aids, contact your healthcare staff.
Furthermore, you cannot receive allowance for e.g. height adjustable desks or similar ergonomic devices. The employer must pay for such devices. The employer is responsible for creating a good working environment. Thus, you cannot receive allowance for equipment that is normally required or that is needed to ensure a proper working environment.
How do I apply?
1. Get a doctor’s statement
You need a statement from your doctor indicating what type of disability or illness you have.
2. Obtain a quote from the assistive device supplier
Contact an assistive device supplier. The supplier must provide a quote indicating the types of assistive devices you need and how much they cost. Bear in mind that you cannot order assistive devices or an assessment until after you have submitted an application to us.
Apply on My pages (Mina sidor).
4. Send the doctor’s statement and the quote to Försäkringskassan
If you and occupational health services have performed a workplace assessment of your workplace, you can send that in as well.
Send your documents to Försäkringskassans inläsningscentral 839 88 Östersund.
5. We call you
About 14 days after you submitted the application, we will call you to discuss your work tasks and your need of assistive devices. If you are unable to discuss it at that time, you can schedule another time with the administrator. We will also let you know how long it could take for you to receive your decision.
6. You receive a decision
It normally takes 30-60 days from the date you submitted the application to the time point you receive a decision from us. The decision letter will indicate how much allowance you will receive for the assistive device.
7. Buy the assistive device
Once you have sent in the application, you can buy the assistive device. You can either pay for it yourself and receive the money from us afterwards, or you can indicate on the application that you want us to pay the supplier directly.
8. Send the invoice to Försäkringskassan.
Once you have received the invoice from the supplier, send a signed copy to Försäkringskassan and we will pay out the money within a few days.