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Erstes Pflegestärkungsgesetz (PSG I) (First Act to Strengthen Long-term Care)

Government of Germany Country Resources General Health Legislation Germany 17 December 2014 Legislation/regulation dementia, elderly care, quality care

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Folgende Verbesserung werden durch das erste Plegestärkungsgesetzt durchgesetzt:
- Alle Leistungsbeträge der Pflegeversicherung werden um 4 Prozent angehoben, um die Preisentwicklung über den gesetzlich vorgegebenen Zeitraum der letzten drei Jahre zu berücksichtigen.
- Die Leistungen der Verhinderungs- und Kurzzeitpflege können in Zukunft besser miteinander kombiniert werden.
- Die Leistungen für Tages- und Nachtpflege (teilstationäre Pflege) werden ausgebaut.
- Niedrigschwellige Betreuungs- und Entlastungsangebote werden gestärkt.
- Die Zuschüsse für Umbaumaßnahmen und Pflegehilfsmittel werden erhöht.
- Mehr zusätzliche Betreuungskräfte in voll- und teilstationären Pflegeeinrichtungen.
- Der Leistungsanspruch von demenziell Erkrankten wird deutlich erweitert.
- Vorwiegend körperlich beeinträchtigte Pflegebedürftige erhalten einen Anspruch auf zusätzliche Betreuungs- und Entlastungsleistungen.

The following are the improvements introduced by the First Act to Strengthen Long-term Care in detail:
- The long-term care insurance benefits will be raised by four per cent to accommodate the price trends of the last three years.
- Short-time care and respite care benefits are to be expanded and more easily combined with each other.
- The claim to low-threshold support offers in non-residential care will be expanded.
- The subsidy for home modification measures (such as installation of a barrier-free bath-room) will be clearly raised from a current 2,557 to as much as 4,000 euros per measure.
- Moreover, the reconciliation of caregiving, family and work will be improved.
- By improving the care helper-to-resident ratio from 1:24 to 1:20, it will be possible to raise the number of additional care helpers in residential homes from a current 25,000 to up to 45,000.
- A long-term care provident fund will be set up and funded with the revenue from 0.1 contribution rate points (1.2 bn euros per year).
- The recognition in remuneration agreements that the salaries of nursing home staff are cost-effective when they are in line with collective agreements and church labour law will be written into legislation.

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