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Attendance allowance for an adult

Attendance allowance is money you can receive to hire personal assistants if you have a disability.

Am I eligible for attendance allowance?

You are eligible for personal assistance if you

  • are covered by the Act regarding Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments (LSS)
  • have a major and lasting disability and need assistance more than 20 hours a week to meet basic needs, such as washing yourself, putting on clothes, bringing food to your mouth, going to the toilet or communicating with others. You can also receive attendance allowance for help with other personal needs.
  • are not yet 65 years old when you apply
  • are insured in Sweden. You are if you live or work here. There are some exceptions to this rule.

If you need assistance to meet basic needs up to 20 hours per week, you can apply for personal assistance through your municipality. The municipality can also grant personal assistance for other personal needs, as well as other forms of support, such as attendant service or relief service. It is when your need of assistance to meet basic needs exceeds 20 hours per week that Försäkringskassan can grant attendance allowance.

If Försäkringskassan assesses that you need assistance with basic needs more than 20 hours per week, you can also receive attendance allowance for other personal needs.

To be eligible for personal assistance, you must be covered by the Act regarding Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments (LSS). You are covered if you belong to one of the following groups according to the Act regarding Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments (LSS).

  1. individuals with mental impairments, autism or autism-like conditions
     
  2. individuals with significant and lasting intellectual disability after brain damage at an adult age caused by external violence or physical disease.
     
  3. individuals with other permanent physical mental disability that is obviously not due to normal ageing, if such disability is major and causes significant difficulties in daily life and the person thereby has a significant need for support and service.
 

How much can I receive in attendance allowance?

The allowance is SEK 295.40 per assistance hour. It is possible to apply for higher allowance if you can show that your costs are higher. The maximum compensation is SEK 330.84 per hour.

How do I apply?

If you need assistance with basic needs more than 20 hours per week, then you apply through Försäkringskassan. If you need assistance with basic needs up to 20 hours per week, you apply for personal assistance through your municipality. Here, we describe how it works to apply to Försäkringskassan.

1. Ask for a doctor's statement

Contact a doctor to get a statement describing your disability and how it affects you.

2. Apply on My pages (Mina sidor)

Log in to My pages (Mina sidor) to apply. Since we contact you after receiving your application, it is OK if your application is brief or if something is missing.

3. Send in the doctor's statement

Send in your doctor's statement to Försäkringskassans inläsningscentral 839 88 Östersund.

4. The administrator will contact you and schedule a meeting

Your personal administrator will contact you within a week and schedule a personal meeting. At the meeting we will discuss what type of assistance you need and how much. The meeting can either be in your home or at Försäkringskassan's office. You can bring other people to the meeting for support, such as a family member.

5. You receive a decision

You will receive a decision within 5 months of us receiving your application.

If you already have personal assistance and incurred a cost for this before you received your decision on attendance allowance, you must report the assistance to Försäkringskassan during the time we are processing your application.

Report the assistance by submitting

  • documents proving that your personal assistants have been hired
  • an agreement between you and a provider
  • time reports
  • invoices

We must receive the report no later than the 5th of the month after you began receiving assistance to be able to pay out allowance.

 

6. Choose how your assistance will be arranged

If you have not already done so, choose how the assistance will be arranged. You can purchase personal assistance services from an assistance provider, employ your assistants yourself, or combine these alternatives. You must also decide whether you want the money to be paid to you or directly to a provider. Inform us of your choice using My pages (Mina sidor).

The provider must be licensed by the National Board of Health and Welfare or the Health and Social Care Inspectorate (IVO). Försäkringskassan cannot recommend any particular provider. The Health and Social Care Inspectorate (IVO) has a register of all licensed assistance providers.

If you choose to receive the allowance and purchase assistance services from a provider, you need to check that the company has a corporate tax certificate. Assistance companies must have a corporate tax certificate. This is not required of cooperative or economic associations, but there is more administrative work involved for the individual receiving assistance if the organisation does not have a corporate tax certificate.

If you choose to be your own provider and hire your assistants, it gives you a large number of options, but also requires a great deal of time for administration work.

 

If you have selected an assistance provider, send the agreement between you and the provider to us.

 

If you employ your assistants yourself, you must report this to the Health and Social Care Inspectorate (IVO) before the assistant begins working, and you must be registered as an employer with the Swedish Tax Agency.

If you employ your assistants yourself, you must send in information about them before they start working for you. You must also let us know if anything changes in relation to your assistants. You cannot receive the allowance for assistance provided before we receive the information. You send submit the information using our e-service for employers.

You must first be granted access rights to be able to use the e-services for employers. If you do not already have access rights, you can read more about how to get them on the page for employers.

Connecting to e-services for employers

If you cannot use e-services for employers, you can register using the form.

3066 Registration from employer – information on personal assistantsPDF opens in a new window

 

7. Send in the invoice and time report

Once a month, you must send in an invoice for attendance allowance.

You cannot use the service on My pages (Mina sidor) until you have received a decision from us.

If you are unable to use My pages (Mina sidor), you can report the information using the form

3057 Räkning assistansersättning (pdf) 3057 Hjälp att fylla i blanketten, på svenska version 15 (pdf)

We must receive the information no later than the 5th of the second month after the invoice applies.

 

 
 

You must send in an invoice and time report once a month. 

Invoice

You can submit your invoice on My pages (Mina sidor).

You cannot use the service on My pages (Mina sidor) until you have received a decision from us.

If you cannot use My pages (Mina sidor), you can use the form instead.   

3057 Invoice for attendance allowancePDF opens in a new window        

3057 Help to complete the formPDF opens in a new window

Time reporting

Unfortunately, it is not possible to submit the time report via My pages (Mina sidor) yet. Fill in and submit the form instead.

3059 Time report for attendance allowance 3059 Help to complete the form
  

Försäkringskassan must receive the forms no later than the 5th of the second month following the month to which the invoice relates.

8. Disbursement

The allowance can be paid out two ways, either in advance or retrospectively. Retrospective is most common. It is only possible to receive the allowance in advance if you employ all of your assistants.

Retrospective attendance allowance is paid around the 5th or the 20th of each month. The allowance is paid once all of the documents have been received and processed.

Attendance allowance in advance is paid once a month. Around the 20th of each month, you will receive a preliminary disbursement for the number of hours of attendance allowance you are approved for.

9. Always report changes

Call your personal administrator if you

  • move to another residence
  • need more or less assistance
  • receive some other support, e.g. from the municipality or the county
  • move to an assisted living facility
  • are being cared for at a hospital
  • need new assistive devices
  • travel abroad and this affects how your assistants work.

Some changes may affect your right to attendance allowance. If you received money you were not entitled to, you may be required to pay money back. Report the change to Försäkringskassan as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after you learned about the change.

Frequently asked questions

The decision on attendance allowance applies until further notice. Unless something changes, you do not need to apply again. Every other year, Försäkringskassan will review your case to see whether your situation has changed in any way.

No, Försäkringskassan cannot recommend a particular provider. If you want to know more about the various alternatives (in Swedish), you can visit the following websites:

Funka Portalen (www.funkaportalen.se) opens in a new window

Assistkoll (www.assistanskoll.se) opens in a new window

Intressegruppen för assistansberättigade (www.intressegruppen.info) opens in a new window

No. If you need help with assistance, contact your municipality instead. They can help you with assistance in the form of e.g. home help services.

Yes. Inform your personal administrator that you need an interpreter at the meeting.

Yes, this is fine.

Nothing. You will continue to receive attendance allowance even after you turn 65. However, you cannot receive additional hours. If your assistance needs change and you require additional hours, you must contact your municipality. Contact Försäkringskassan if you need less assistance.

To receive a higher attendance allowance, you must be able to show that you have higher costs, e.g. because you need a lot of assistance during nights and weekends, or because the assistants need special training.

You are insured in Sweden if you live or work here. There are some exceptions to this rule. You can work in another country and still be insured in Sweden. There are also situations in which you can work in Sweden but be insured in another country. Call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524 to learn what applies if you:

  • work as a sailor
  • are assigned to work in another country by a Swedish employer or are assigned to work in Sweden by a foreign employer
  • are a diplomat
  • work in two or more countries
  • are a civil servant of an administration that belongs to Sweden but work in another country
  • work as part of a flight crew
  • are a contracted employee within the EU
  • have been granted an exemption to be covered by Swedish social insurance