Persons in need of care (until 2015)
In terms of the Nursing Care Statistics of the Federal Statistical Office:
Recorded are persons, who receive services according to SGB XI (Code of Social Law). General qualification for the registration as person in need of care is acknowledgement of the nursing care fund respectively of the private insurance company about the need of care and the assignment of the persons in need of care to the nursing care levels I to IIII (including cases of hardship).
In need of care according to SGB XI are those persons, who permanently need assistance to a significant or higher degree (§ 15 SGB XI) because of a physical, mental or emotional disease or disability, for the normal and periodic activities of daily living, presumably for at least six months (§ 14 Abs. 1 SGB XI). In the sense of this legal definition, persons without a nursing care level with significantly limited everyday competence are not counted as persons in need of care.
The Federal Health Monitoring System 9 Aug 2020