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What should I bear in mind during the assessment by the Medizinischer Dienst der Krankenversicherung (MDK)?

It is recommended that you, as the person providing care, be present during this assessment so that you can also provide information on the nature and scope of the assistance that is needed. Since people who require care are often uncomfortable telling others about how much help they need, it is often the case that they tell the assessor that they can do certain things on their own even though they actually need help to do those things. This can lead to a lower assessment of their care needs or even to their not being acknowledged as needing care. With this in mind, please talk with your family member before the assessment process and make it clear that the affordability of care depends on his or her classification.