Cost of nursing and care homes


As of 1 January 2018, it has been prohibited to claim compensation against the assets of a person in residential care or their relatives, heirs or gift donees in order to cover care costs. As of that date, compensation claims may no longer be enforced and any ongoing proceedings must be discontinued. Any provisions of provincial laws to the contrary were repealed as of that date (BGBl. I Nr. 125/2017).

Residential home costs vary considerably and depend on several factors, such as the province in which the home is located and whether it is a state-run or privately-run facility.

In many residential homes, the fees comprise a standard fee and a supplement depending on care requirementsGerman text, generally based on the level of the care allowanceGerman text.

In addition to the care allowanceGerman text, and pensionGerman text or annuity, the income of the person in need of care is also allocated to cover the costs of the home. If the income does not cover all the costs of the home, the balance is usually covered from social assistance/minimum benefitsGerman text.

In that case, the resident retains 20 percent of his or her pensionGerman text and special payments, together with 46.70 Euro of the care allowanceGerman text for monthly pocket money.

Further links

Nursing and care homes – Compensation for care costs abolished (→ BMSGPK)German text

Legal basis

section 13 of the Bundespflegegeldgesetz (BPGG)

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 21 January 2021
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