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Those who care for a relative at home often have to limit their work or give up completely.
That emerges from the answer of the Federal Ministry of Health to two questions from the Greens in a question time of the Bundestag.
According to this, 24 percent of caring relatives took at least a shorter period of time on the job, 13 percent stopped completely.
53 percent were able to continue their work as before.
Relatives spend an average of 34 hours per week to care for people in need of care, the numbers vary greatly depending on the level of care: While a family member works around 22 hours for a person in need of care with level 1, it is around 56 hours for level 5.
The spokeswoman for the Greens for elderly and care policy, Kordula Schulz-Asche, calls for wages for these relatives.
People in need of care are currently receiving money from long-term care insurance that they are supposed to pass on.
Schulz-Asche believes, however, that the recipients often use this money for their own livelihood.
According to the ministry, the insurance company spent around 12.7 billion euros on care allowance in 2020.