How do you apply for home-care allowances?

When applying for home-care allowances for parents, a form, entitled " Umsókn um umönnunargreiðslur" ("Application for home-care allowances”) must be filled out and submitted, along with a medical certificate, to any Customer Service Centre of the Social Insurance Administration or agents throughout Iceland.

Home-care allowances are combined with payments from the Maternity Leave Fund.

Application process and time for processing

Assuming that all documents have been received, the processing time for home-care allowances is about eight weeks.

The following documents must be received by the Social Insurance Administration:

  • Application
  • Medical certificate
  • Confirmation of out-of-pocket expenses for treatment
  • Depending on circumstances, a report from a social worker
  • Recommendation from a regional office if a handicapped child is involved
  • Caregiver assessment and processing