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State care allowance for blind and severely disabled people

The state care allowance for blind and severely disabled persons is granted to compensate for handicap-related disadvantages. It is a lump-sum cash benefit.

Due to the current situation, the social centres of the Office for Social Services in the municipality of Bremen have currently restricted open consultation hours and home visits. Citizens are therefore requested to present their concerns by telephone or e-mail. In special cases, a personal appointment can be arranged. Corresponding emergency services have been set up in all social centres.

Blind or severely visually impaired people who have their usual place of residence in Bremen are entitled to financial support to compensate for disability-related disadvantages or additional needs. The state care allowance is paid as a monthly allowance and is independent of income and assets:

  • The state care allowance is currently 450.09 euros per month.
  • Children under the age of 18 are entitled to a state care allowance of currently 225.04 euros per month from the age of one.
  • Blind and severely disabled persons who live in an institution and for whom the costs of their stay are borne in whole or in part by public funds receive 50 per cent of the state care allowance. Self-payers who live in an institution are not entitled to state care allowance. In this case, the benefits paid by the nursing care insurance fund are taken into account in full.
  • Long-term care insurance benefits are offset in full against the state long-term care allowance. As a result, the entitlement to the state nursing care allowance may be reduced or may not apply at all.
  • The income- and asset-dependent care and blind assistance benefits in accordance with SGB XII can also be claimed if necessary. The state care allowance is credited in full or in part.

Requirements

A person is considered to be blind if his or her better eye has a visual acuity of no more than 2 percent or an equivalent impairment.

The following persons are severely disabled:

  1. persons with disabilities of the upper extremities equivalent to the absence of both hands (faints) with a significant disability
  2. Persons with loss of both arms in the area of the upper arms
  3. People with loss of three limbs
  4. persons with paralysis or other movement impairments, if the disabilities are equivalent to the loss of three limbs
  5. paraplegics with bladder and rectal paralysis
  6. brain-damaged people with severe physical and mental disorders and multiple limb disabilities
  7. other persons whose state of suffering requiring permanent sickness or whose need for long-term care is so exceptional that their disability is comparable to that of the persons referred to in points 1 to 6.