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In order to obtain the services of a personal assistant, a person must have the resources to define the content and implementation of the assistance. There is no special obligation to arrange personal assistance if sufficient care for a person cannot be ensured via outpatient service measures.

When arranging personal assistance, a person is considered severely disabled if he or she requires essential and repeated help from another person due to his or her long-term or progressive disability or illness in order to perform daily activities. Illnesses and disabilities primarily caused by normal aging are not considered cause for granting personal assistance.

Personal assistance with daily activities, work, and studies can be arranged to the extent necessary. In terms of leisure activities, participation in public affairs, and the maintenance of social interaction, personal assistance should be offered for at least 30 hours per month.

Personal assistance can be arranged in the following ways:

– employer model, where the disabled person is the assistant’s employer
– service vouchers
– purchased service from the public or private sector
– own services

Contact a social worker from Disability Services to have your service needs assessed.

Contact Information

Children and families:

· Social instructor, phone 06 325 2953

· Social worker phone 06 325 2321 (last name A-I)

· Social worker phone 06 325 2547 (last name J-O)

· Social worker phone 06 325 2602 (last name P-Ö)

· Social worker in charge phone 06 325 4398

Adult social work:

Phone time weekdays at 8-11 am, phone 040 575 3109

Disability services: Social worker phone time tuesday and thursday at 9-10 am, phone 06 325 2678 (last name A-K ) and phone 06 325 4230 (last name L-Ö + Lillkyro)

Service housing: Social instructor phone time weekdays at 9-10 am. phone 06 235 3957 or 06 325 3959.

Address: Grundtrygghetsavdelningen, Vallinmäentie 43 (2. floor), 66400 Laihela

Social worker and social instructor phone time weekdays at 10 – 11 am, phone 06 -218 1111

Address: Socialcentralen, Centrumvägen 4, Smedsby

Amanda Sandsten social worker, (phone time tuesdays and thursdays at 9-10 am) phone 06 218 4169

Address: Socialkansliet, Öurvägen 31, 66800 Oravais

Mona-Lisa Sandelin, social worker, phone time weekdays at 9 – 10 am, phone +358 6 382 1402 

Address: Disability services, Stengbergsgatan 1 D, PB 111, 68601 Jakobstad

Disability services for adults:

Maria Liljestrand, social worker, phone 06 786 2614 (A-K), Jakobstad and Larsmo

Bodil Häger-Kantola, social worker, phone 040 805 1317 (K-Ö), Jakobstad and Larsmo

Pia Wikman, social worker, phone 040 805 1973, Nykarleby and Pedersöre

Bodil Ravall, social instructor, phone 040 805 1902 

Erika Holm, social instructor, phone 040 805 1395, Nykarleby and Pedersöre

Annika Löv, social instructor, phone 050 523 3432, Personal assistance  – Jakobstad and Larsmo

Josefine Björkfors, social instructor, phone 050 374 0781, Jakobstad and Larsmo

Disability services for children

Heidi Sjöblom, social worker, phone040 805 1384, Jakobstad, Larsmo, Nykarleby, Pedersöre

Gun Vikström, social worker, phone 044 721 7716, Jakobstad, Larsmo, Nykarleby, Pedersöre

Ida-Sofia Moilanen, habilitation Instructor, phone 040 805 1734 

Jenny Edström, habilitation Instructor, phone 040 805 1705

Address: Socialkansliet, Malmgatan 5, 66100 Malax

Phone time weekdays at 8.30–9.30 am, phone 06 218 1111

Susanne Lindh,  social worker monday, wednesday & thursday,phone 06 218 7411 
Susanne Amoako, social worker, weekdays, phone 06 218 7409
Fanny Bäck, social worker, adults monday, tuesday, thursday, phone 06 218 7410

Address: Social- och familjetjänster, Närpesvägen 4, 64200 Närpes

Social worker, phone time weekdays at 09.30 – 10.30 am, phone 06 218 1111 (call center)

Address: Lappfjärdsvägen 10, 64100 Kristinestad

Social worker, phone time weekdays at 09.30 – 10.30 am, phone 06 218 1111 (call center)

Address: Slussgatan 11 A, 64260 Kaskö

Social worker, weekdays at phone 06 218 1111 (call center)