Children's homes, nursing homes and other housing services

The municipality has a duty to provide essential health and care services to everyone who lives in the municipality. This also applies if specially adapted housing is needed in order to provide these services.

Kommunal bolig gir mulighet for at flere kan klare seg selv.

Various types of municipal institutions and accommodation are available for those who need specially adapted housing.

These services include:

  • Children's homes
  • Respite homes
  • Nursing homes
  • Care homes, sometimes specifically adapted for the provision of 24-hour services
  • Housing services for addicts

Children's homes and respite homes

Children's homes and respite homes are a service provided to children and young people under 18 years of age who need to live in a home where health and care services are provided 24 hours a day. Examples are children with disabilities and/or illnesses which require additional care and support.

It is common to distinguish between children's homes and respite homes according to whether the child lives in the accommodation permanently or just during certain periods:

  • The accommodation is referred to as a ‘children’s home’ when the child lives there permanently and the home provides daily care on behalf of the parents on a permanent basis.
  • The accommodation is referred to as a ‘respite home’ if the child lives with its parents permanently, but moves into the accommodation when the parents are in need of respite.

Nursing homes

The elderly and other individuals in need of 24-hour health and care services may be entitled to a place at a nursing home. The stay may be of longer or shorter duration. This is determined on the basis of the individual's needs.

Care homes

​Care homes include various types of accommodation which is adapted for people with special needs in terms of support and/or services. Care homes can be owned by the municipality themselves, organised as a housing association or co-ownership with the users themselves as owners, or in other ways.

For example, the housing might be linked to communal areas and/or adapted for 24-hour health and care services.

If rent is payable, it will be possible to apply for housing allowance from the Norwegian State Housing Bank. The municipality can help you apply for housing allowance. A separate application must be submitted if other services are needed in the home.

How to apply for a place in a nursing home or other adapted form of housing

The municipality will be able to help you if you have any questions about the application process. You will find contact details and an application form on your municipality's website.

If you need further assistance, you can contact the patient and user ombudsman in your county for advice and guidance on your rights as a patient or user, along with information on application and appeal procedures.

How to appeal to the municipality

You can appeal if you disagree with the municipality's decision. This applies both if you disagree with the scope of the services you are offered and if your application is rejected. The municipality will then provide guidance on how to appeal.

There is a patient and user ombudsman in every county. Amongst other things, the patient and user ombudsman can help you with:

  • Information on application and appeal procedures.
  • How you can meet health professionals and case officers in order to get answers to any questions you may have concerning your case.
  • Writing an appeal if you need to.

Your appeal must be sent to the municipality.

Content provided by The Norwegian Directorate of Health

Last updated Monday, November 25, 2019