Rehabilitation allowance and partial rehabilitation allowance

The purpose of the rehabilitation allowance is to provide economic security during rehabilitation.

The rehabilitation allowance is available if you are between 16 and 67 years of age and the goal of your rehabilitation process is to help you enter, remain in or return to working life. Furthermore, you must have a rehabilitation decision for example from Kela, an occupational health provider or your home municipality which entitles you to a rehabilitation allowance. The rehabilitation allowance can also be paid for the duration of apprenticeship training or an adaptation training course supported by lottery proceeds. Persons under 20 can also be paid a rehabilitation allowance for young persons during intensified rehabilitation.

You can receive rehabilitation allowance payments for days in which you participate in a rehabilitation measure that lasts at least four hours (including travel time) or otherwise prevents you from working and earning a living.

A partial rehabilitation allowance may be available if your daily working hours have been reduced by 40% or more on account of participation in rehabilitation.

Work during rehabilitation day Type of benefit
No paid employment is possible because of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation allowance
Working hours must be reduced by at least 40% from normal hours. Partial rehabilitation allowance:
Working hours are not reduced, or are reduced by less than 40% No entitlement to rehabilitation allowance or partial rehabilitation allowance.

Coordination with other benefits

Rehabilitation allowance is not available if, while in rehabilitation, you receive

  • an old-age pension
  • a full compensation for loss of income paid under a motor insurance, compulsory workers’ compensation insurance, or military accidents or injuries scheme.

Other benefits may affect the amount of the rehabilitation allowance.

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