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CREST stands for Community Rehabilitation Enablement and Support Team. Their aim is to enable older people to live well at home and in their community. CREST is a free service.

How CREST works

CREST provides support for up to six weeks until you can manage on your own or with support in your own home. Services include nursing and home-based support services, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

Health professionals can arrange referrals to the CREST service. For example, the referral can be from Christchurch or Burwood Hospitals, an after-hours surgery or a general practice.

A case manager is then allocated to each CREST client. The case manager, the client and their whānau (family) create a rehabilitation programme that includes short-term goals and a care plan.

Community providers, such as registered nurses and trained support workers visit clients at home to deliver the rehabilitation programme. CREST provides up to four visits a day, seven days a week.

CREST monitors each client's care and progress to make sure they're meeting their goals.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed March 2023.


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