Under the following conditions, individual volunteers can provide offers of support in everyday life for persons with a care level as well as their relatives and dependants and then the expense allowance can be settled via the relief amount:

  • The individual volunteer must be at least 16 years old – in the case of minors, permission must be obtained from their legal guardians.
  • The individual volunteer must be neither related nor related by marriage up to the second degree to the person he/she is supporting – thus, for example, acquaintances, friends or relatives from the third degree (e.g. niece/nephew) are eligible.
  • The individual volunteer does not live in the same household as the person they are supporting.
  • The individual volunteer may not support more than 3 people with a care level per month.
  • The individual volunteer’s expense allowance for the support provided is well below the minimum wage applicable to the activity in question.
  • The individual volunteer has sufficient insurance cover.
  • The individual volunteer is required to register with the specialist centre for dementia and care in the administrative district in which he/she is providing assistance.
  • The individual volunteer, if not a specialist, must complete a free training course (8 teaching units) from a regional specialist centre for dementia and care in Bavaria.


 The following persons are relatives or in-laws up to the 2nd degree:

  • Relatives up to the 2nd degree include parents, children (including those declared legitimate and those adopted), grandparents, grandchildren and siblings.
  • In-laws up to the 2nd degree include stepparents, stepchildren (stepdaughter/stepson), stepgrandchildren (grandchildren of the spouse/registered partner), parents-in-law, children-in-law (son-in-law/daughter-in-law), grandchildren-in-law (spouse/registered partner of the grandchildren), grandparents of the spouse/registered partner, stepgrandparents and brothers-in-law.
  • Addition: The relationship of in-law continues even if the marriage or civil partnership (§ 1 Lebenspartnerschaftsgesetz [German civil partnership act]) by which it was established has been dissolved. In the case of adoption of adults, there is an exception to the rule of affinity, see § 1770 par. 1 of the German Civil Code (BGB).
  • Note: For the sake of clarity, the masculine, feminine and diverse (m/f/d) forms are not used simultaneously in this paragraph. All references to persons apply equally to all genders.