Attendance allowance

You may be eligible for attendance allowance to compensate for your loss of income in connection with caring for a sick child or attending to persons with whom you have close ties in the final stages of their life.

Who is eligible for attendance allowance?

You are eligible for attendance allowance if you are the parent of or have close ties with a sick child in your care. How close you are to the child is the determining factor for whether you are eligible for attendance allowance. Professionals with ties to the child, such as mentors or social contacts (“støttekontakt”), respite care homes (“avlastningshjem”) or other, similar professional caregivers, are not entitled to attendance allowances.

If you are caring for a person at home in their final stages of life with whom you have close ties, you may also be eligible for attendance allowance. The term “close ties” generally includes individuals with whom you have close family ties, but it could also include individuals with whom you have developed a close personal bond, such as a close friend or neighbour.

Attendance allowance in connection with a child’s illness

As a main rule, you must have been employed during the last four weeks, and you must have suffered a loss of earned income.

If you are caring for a child under the age of 12 who is, or has been, admitted to a health care institution, or who is receiving outpatient treatment, you may be eligible for an attendance allowance from NAV. If your child is chronically ill or disabled, this right is extended until the child turns 18 years old.

In order for you to be eligible for attendance allowance, the child must be in need of constant supervision and care for a period of no less than seven calendar days. NAV will pay an attendance allowance from day 8. You may be entitled to care benefits for the initial seven days.

If your child has a life-threatening or very serious illness or injury, you may be entitled to an attendance allowance from NAV from day 1, even if the child has not been admitted to a healthcare institution. In such cases, both parents may be entitled to concurrent attendance allowances if necessary.

If you are caring for a mentally disabled person suffering from a very serious or life-threatening illness, you may be entitled to an attendance allowance regardless of the person’s age.

Generally, you are not entitled to an attendance allowance if your child has a chronic illness. An illness or disease is regarded as chronic when it is expected to last for two to three years or more. However, should the chronic illness become life-threatening or very serious, you may still be entitled to an attendance allowance at the onset of the illness or when your child’s medical condition is unstable.

If your child is suffering from a very serious progressive disease, you may be entitled to a constant attendance allowance until the child turns 18 years old, even if the disease is considered permanent.

You may be granted a graduated attendance allowance when your child needs constant supervision and care, but when supervision or respite care measures have been implemented for the child for parts of the day or certain days of the week. The allowance may be reduced by up to 50 percent. If your child has supervision for significant parts of the day, you may not be entitled to an attendance allowance.

Attendance allowance when caring for a person with whom you have close ties

You may be entitled to an attendance allowance if you are caring for a person at home in his or her final stages of life with whom you have close ties. You can be caring for this person in your own home, or in the home of the person in need of care.

The person for whom you are caring must consent to your care. If the person in need of care is too ill to give consent, the medical certificate must specify this.

How much can you receive?

Attendance allowance is calculated on the same basis as sick pay, and constitutes 100 percent of the sick pay. There is no employer liability period for attendance allowance; NAV pays your attendance allowance from day 1. However, your employer may advance attendance allowance payments to you and claim reimbursement from NAV.

NAV will pay holiday pay to recipients of attendance allowance. Holiday pay is only paid for the first twelve weeks of the period you receive an attendance allowance.

The holiday pay constitutes 10.2 percent of the allowance.

How long can you receive an attendance allowance?

You are entitled to an attendance allowance while caring for a sick child for as long as the child is in need of constant supervision and care, provided you have met the other terms and conditions that apply. As a main rule, you are not entitled to an attendance allowance if the child’s care needs are permanent. If the care situation ends because the child dies, you may be entitled to a continued attendance allowance for a further three months after the child’s death, provided you have received a full attendance allowance for a period of no less than three years.

When you are caring for a person in his or her final stages of life and with whom you have close ties, you may be entitled to an attendance allowance for up to 60 days for each person in need of care. These days need not be taken continuously, and they may also be split between several different people.

How to apply

The forms are only available in Norwegian, see the menu to the right

  • If you are applying for an attendance allowance because you are caring for a sick child, the healthcare institution providing your child’s medical care must issue a medical certificate for attendance allowances in connection with a child’s illness—form no. NAV 09-11.05. NAV cannot process applications filled out by other doctors. Filling out the form correctly enables us to process your case more quickly. The form must be signed by the person applying for an attendance allowance and be submitted to NAV.
  • If you are applying for an attendance allowance because you are caring for someone close to you in their final stages of life, the physician or healthcare institution treating the patient must issue a medical certificate for attendance allowances in connection with terminal care—form no. NAV 09-12.05. The form must be signed by the person applying for an attendance allowance.

You will find the application forms by clicking on the “Skjema” option.

  • If you are employed, your employer must fill out and submit a form for income and tax information (NAV 08-30.01) to NAV.
  • If you are self-employed or a freelancer, you must apply by filling out and submitting the form NAV 09-35.01

You may be entitled to an attendance allowance for a period of up to three months prior to the month when NAV received your application. You are personally responsible for submitting an application for this allowance. The term for applying is three months.

Report all changes

If your income, family situation and/or employment situation changes, or you are planning a stay abroad, this may affect your benefit payments from NAV. Therefore, you must report all such changes to NAV.

Payments

Allowances are normally payable by the final weekday of each month. For more information, go to payment information. Some benefits are paid earlier in the month in December.

You can also check your payment status using the online service Dine utbetalinger.

Do you have further questions regarding attendance allowance?

If you are the parent of a child/children with serious medical or complex needs, please call
55 55 33 33, enter 3, then 2, to talk to one of our counsellors.

 


Most of the main information about your entitlements and duties is available here in English. There are also links to other more detailed information; however, some of this information is only available in Norwegian.