If the disability caused by your illness continues even after your right to sickness allowance ends and returning to work is not possible even with vocational rehabilitation, you can apply for
- fixed-term disability pension, i.e. the cash rehabilitation benefit
- disability pension until further notice.
We grant fixed-term disability pension, i.e. the cash rehabilitation benefit if, in our assessment, you are unable to work but your work ability could be restored with the help of treatment or rehabilitation. The cash rehabilitation benefit may last from one month to several years, and it can also be granted for several consecutive periods.
We grant permanent disability pension if, in our assessment, you are unable to work and your work ability is not expected to be restored.
The cash rehabilitation benefit or disability pension usually begins once your entitlement to daily sickness allowance ends. Besides assessing the disability, we also estimate how long it will last. The cash rehabilitation benefit or disability pension can be granted only after your disability lasts for at least one consecutive year.
Once you reach your minimum retirement age, which is based on your year of birth, your disability pension automatically changes to the same amount of old-age pension. You do not, therefore, need to separately apply for old-age pension.
If you have been working while on disability pension, you can apply for the new pension that has accrued on that work in an old-age pension application once you have reached your minimum retirement age.