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Disability pension

If you cannot work because of your illness or disability, you may be entitled to disability pension (työkyvyttömyyseläke). If you are blind or immobile without assistance, you are entitled to a disability pension even if you work. Disability pension is paid to persons between 16 and 64 years of age. Whether you receive disability pension is affected by how long you have lived in Finland. The usual requirement for getting disability pension is that the applicant has lived in Finland for three years.

You can apply for disability pension from Kela.

linkkiKela:
Disability pensionFinnish | Swedish | English

Disability benefit

If you have a disability or illness which weakens your ability to function for a continuous period of at least 12 months, you may receive disability benefit (vammaistuki). To receive disability benefit, you need a medical certificate. Disability benefit is paid to persons between 16 and 64 years of age. Whether you receive the benefit is affected by how long you have lived in Finland. The usual requirement for getting disability benefit is that the applicant has lived in Finland for three years. The amount of the disability benefit depends on how severe your disability is.

You can apply for disability benefit from Kela.

linkkiThe Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Kela:
Disability benefit for an adultFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiKela :
Health and rehabilitationFinnish | Swedish | Russian | Estonian

Support for taking care of a disabled family member

If you take care of your disabled family member at home, your municipality of residence can pay you an allowance for informal care (omaishoidontuki). In order to qualify for this allowance, you must make an informal care agreement with your municipality. You can apply for the allowance at the social services office of your municipality of residence.

linkkiThe Central Association of Carers in Finland:
Serviceguide för närståendevårdare(pdf, 4,87 Mt)Finnish

Disability benefit for a child and special care allowance

Read more on the disability benefit for a child and special care allowance on the Infopankki page Disabled child.

Care allowance for pensioners

If you are a pensioner and your ability to function has weakened due to a disability or illness for a continuous period of at least 12 months, you may be eligible for care allowance for pensioners (eläkettä saavan hoitotuki). You may receive the allowance if you need help constantly because of your disability or illness. The amount of the allowance depends on how much support you need. You can apply for care allowance for pensioners from Kela.

linkkiThe Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Kela:
Care allowance for pensionersFinnish | Swedish | English

Clothing and nutrition allowance

If your disability or illness incurs extra costs for you in food or clothing, you can apply for clothing and nutrition allowance (vaatetus- ja ravitsemustuki). You can apply for this allowance at the social services office of your municipality of residence.

linkkiNational Institute for Health and Welfare:
Extra clothing and food expensesFinnish | Swedish