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Quick guide to rehabilitation
Kela provides access to various types of rehabilitation for persons of all ages, and supports the economic security of rehabilitation clients during rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is a way to help persons with an illness or impairment to live a full life, continue working, or return to work.
Has your ability to function in work and daily life declined?
Rehabilitation may help if you have an illness or impairment that weakens your ability to function in work and daily life.
Variety of rehabilitation services available through Kela
Kela provides access to rehabilitation for example in the form of adaptation training, psychotherapy and vocational rehabilitation which helps you move into work or study. Besides Kela, rehabilitation services are available through such organisations as authorised pension providers, municipalities, insurance companies and disability advocacy organisations.Read more
First see a doctor
If you wish to find out if rehabilitation could be an option for you, first see a doctor. If the doctor thinks that you could benefit from rehabilitation, he or she will write a doctor’s statement recommending it for you. The doctor may suggest a rehabilitation option which is not available through Kela but some other organisation.
Learn more about rehabilitation options
If a doctor recommends you to participate in Kela rehabilitation, get to know the rehabilitation options offered by Kela. They include rehabilitation courses, education and training, psychotherapy, and other types of therapy.
If you are unsure what kind of rehabilitation you should apply for, call rehabilitation customer service or contact a Kela's customer service point.Read more
Contact Kela to apply for rehabilitation
When you have received a statement from your doctor, you can apply to Kela for rehabilitation.Read more
Kela will send you a written decision
Kela decides whether to grant you access to rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation allowance offers economic security
During rehabilitation, you can get a rehabilitation allowance or partial rehabilitation allowance. They are a form of financial assistance available to you during participation in rehabilitation.Read more
Participate in rehabilitation
Contact your rehabilitation service provider with any questions about the practical arrangements. You can also call Kela’s customer service number for rehabilitation related matters.Read more
Send a certificate of participation to Kela
Send Kela a certificate of participation in rehabilitation so that Kela can pay you rehabilitation allowance. You can send the certificate over the internet. You get the certificate from your rehabilitation service provider.Read more
Compensations for travel expenses
You can get a compensation for costs of travel to and from the rehabilitation site.Read more
After the rehabilitation, you will continue to maintain your functional ability independently. If you want, you can talk to your doctor about this.
There is no need to cope with your illness or impairment all by yourself.