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Care boxes

What you should know.

For some time now, so-called care boxes have been increasingly offered online and in stationary shops. From "hygiene box" to "curabox", numerous neologisms are in circulation. But what are these boxes all about? What is in them? You can find out all the information here.

What is the Care Box?

The care box is primarily intended to be a support for home care. It can be ordered from various suppliers on the Internet, but is often also offered for collection by local pharmacies. The box contains the most common care aids that are regularly used in daily care, i.e. so-called consumables. Basically, the following products can be found in the care box:

  • Mouthguard
  • Clothing protection or protective aprons
  • Disposable gloves
  • Bed protection and inserts
  • Disinfectant

The exact composition can be determined according to personal needs and changed again later. This is primarily intended to relieve the financial and organisational burden on relatives in home care, as the care box is provided free of charge every month.

How much does the care box cost?

As mentioned at the beginning, the price per box is 40 euros. For those in need of care, the care box is nevertheless free of charge. This is made possible by §40 para. 2 SGB XI, i.e. the Care Act. It states: "People in need of care are entitled to be provided with care aids", although the cost of these aids is limited to 40 euros. However, there are two prerequisites for the costs to be covered by the long-term care insurance fund: The person in need of care needs a care degree and must be cared for at home, in a shared apartment or in assisted living. The amount of reimbursable costs is always 40 euros, regardless of the degree of care.

How does the order work?

Ordering the care box is quite simple, especially with online providers. Here, depending on the needs, only the desired care aids have to be put together. An adjustment of this combination is possible at any time later, should the needs ever change. After entering the necessary data, the difficult part is already done. Everything else, i.e. the application and billing with the long-term care insurance fund, is taken care of by the provider. Relatives only have to receive the box once a month.

Stationary providers such as pharmacies or medical supply stores also offer it in a similar way, but relatives should ask about the exact conditions (e.g. delivery or collection) directly on site.

What are the advantages of a care box?

The advantages of a care box at a glance:

No paperwork: The provider takes care of the application and billing with the long-term care insurance fund.

Home delivery possible: Pleasant and time-saving, especially for relatives who are no longer too mobile themselves.

Regularly and automatically: It can no longer happen that the purchase is forgotten, because the box comes automatically every month.

Flexible composition: The exact composition of the care box can be flexibly determined according to need.

Some other consumer goods, such as nappies or soaps, are not yet intended for the care boxes, but future changes to this regulation cannot be ruled out.

How do I find the right provider?

The choice of provider basically does not play a major role, because all care boxes contain the same aids. The differences between the providers are accordingly small. Only the brands of the aids used can vary from provider to provider. In this respect, it is worthwhile to look for high-quality manufacturers when choosing. The provider of the care box itself should of course also be trustworthy and reliable. The flexibility with regard to possible changes to the desired composition should also be taken into account. With some providers, a short phone call is enough for this.

Can I use the aids
also shop for yourself?

Of course, there is no obligation to use care boxes. Everything needed for care can of course also be purchased in the traditional way. However, relatives should note that they can only submit the bill for this to the health insurance fund at a later date, so they always have to pay in advance. In this case, they must also apply for cost coverage themselves. The care box is therefore above all a relief and a time-saver.

Provider of various care boxes

Tip: Use care boxes, for example from curabox, which are subsidised by the long-term care insurance fund. It contains, among other things, absorbent bed protection pads for single use, disposable gloves or finger cots, disinfectant for hands and surfaces, face masks and protective aprons.

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