A person is considered to be in need of nursing care, if they regularly require assistance from another person in order to carry out basic day-to-day tasks owing to illness or a physical, psychological or mental disability.
Basic day-to-day tasks are:
- personal hygiene: washing, brushing their teeth, skin care, visits to the toilet;
- nutrition: preparing meals with a diet to suit their needs, eating, drinking;
- mobility: getting up, going to bed, changing position, getting dressed and undressed, moving around, going up and down stairs, going out and coming home.
The insured person must, in theory, require assistance with basic day-to-day tasks for at least three and a half hours a week, and the need for nursing care must be likely to last at least six months or be irreversible.