Informal care support is based on an assessment of the client’s situation and the service entity needed for living at home. The city of Vantaa seperates the child’s need for service in two groups:
- The injury or disease causes the child to need daily treatment/help for their wellbeing. The caregiver is bound to care for the child continuously. The child being treated has to have at least a moderate difficulties to function compared to healthy children.
- The injury or disease causes the child to need a lot of daily treatment/help for their wellbeing at all hours of a day. The caregiver is bound to care for the child continuously also at night. The child being treated has to have at least a severe difficulties to function compared to healthy children.
Joonatan belong to the group number one. He doesn’t need acute treatment anymore and the hospital visits have decreased. Maria’s biggest responsibility is making sure that Joonatan takes his medication and that he doesn’t get infections that would make his illness worse again.
The amount of payment is determined by the amount and difficulty level of the help/treatment needed. There isn’t one nationwide guideline that applies to everyone when it comes to informal care. Municipalities have a lot of power in the decision making and therefore the differences between municipalities and their informal care benefits and services can be huge.
A caregiver has a right to get two to three days off per month. The municipality has to provide care for the child during the caregivers free time. If this isn’t possible, the caregiver is given a service voucher that can be used to buy services from the private sector.
The city of Vantaa has assured that the infomal care families are not left alone during these exceptional circumstances caused by coronavirus. The informal care support is paid despite the pandemic and statutory vacation days (lakisääteiset vapaapäivät) are being arranged if possible.
This year we all have been suffering from the global pandemic COVID-19, but how has it been affecting on the caregivers daily life? This week Maria ja Joonatan share some of their thoughts on coronavirus.