Berlin / Essen - The care services that have been improved since January are expected to benefit more than 650,000 people with dementia this year. These include 140,000 people who receive the new care allowance of 120 euros or the care benefits in kind of 225 euros per month for the first time.
This is what the (MDS) assumes. He extrapolated the number of assessments of people in need of care in the first quarter of 2013 for the entire year. According to the figures published on Wednesday, orders for care assessments in home care increased by 15 percent to 375,968 in the first quarter alone compared to the previous year.
Federal Health Minister Daniel Bahr (FDP) sees concrete progress in this: “The improvements in performance are reaching the people. 650,000 people who have so far received little or no benefits are now better off. ”He claimed this was success of the black and yellow federal government. The new law puts “thousands of people better and no one worse”.
According to the information, the time between application and assessment has also improved: 96 percent of all applications for classification in nursing class were approved within four weeks. For Bahr it is clear: "People in need of care and their relatives quickly get clarity and therefore almost never have to wait longer than 5 weeks from the application to the decision." Care funds that need longer are asked to pay 70 euros per week.
If the results of the first quarter are extrapolated to 2013, the new regulation will benefit around 140,000 patients of care level 0. According to MDS, 300,000 people will benefit from care level I and 210,000 people in care level II.
MDS managing director Peter Pick sees “only an intermediate step towards the planned new definition of the need for care” in the Care Reorientation Act. Only then could people with dementia be given the same support as people with physical needs. Those affected should hope for further improvements in performance.
The board of the German Patient Protection Foundation, Eugen Brysch, called it "very daring to extrapolate the number of new benefit recipients for whole year from the first quarterly figures". In addition, the number of new applications is lower than expected, as more than million dementia patients are expected to have received no benefits.