Day activities

Day activities often include social and physical activities which can help to make everyday life more meaningful for people by offering security and companionship.

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Your municipality generally has no statutory obligation to offer you day activities. The municipality will assess the needs of the individual patient or user as regards assistance and, in collaboration with them, assess whether day activities would be an appropriate service to offer.

The municipality can opt to offer all or some of the services you need as a day activity.

Day activities for people with dementia

From 1 January 2020, municipalities have an obligation to offer day activities for people with dementia. However, people with dementia do not have an individual right to be offered day activities. The municipality will assess whether a day activity would be appropriate for someone with dementia based on their individual needs.

​Who is eligible for day activities?

Day activities are primarily intended for people who need to fill their days and take part in activities during the daytime. This could for example be due to:

  • loneliness
  • as part of a rehabilitation programme
  • a need for supervision and follow-up, or as
  • respite for next of kin

How to apply for day activities

If the municipality believes you are in need of day activities, they can offer you the chance to take part in appropriate activities. If you believe that a particular day activity would benefit you, you can apply to the municipality to take part in it.

You can find out how to apply on the municipality's website or by contacting the municipality. The municipality will be able to tell you about the day activities that are available in your municipality.

Once you have applied, your municipality will be obliged to notify you of whether or not you are eligible to take part in the activity.

Right to appeal

You can appeal if you are not offered the chance to take part in day activities or if you believe you have been offered such activities on an insufficient number of days. The municipality will then explain the appeal procedure to you.

There is a patient and user ombudsman in every county. You can contact them for advice, guidance and information about your rights as a user or next of kin.

Content provided by The Norwegian Directorate of Health

Last updated Tuesday, September 10, 2019