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Home care and community support

The Canterbury DHB funds services for older people. These provide care and support to help you maintain your independence, quality of life and to stay in your own home as long as you are able.

You'll require a needs assessment to find out whether you need support and to assess the best types of support for you. You, your doctor, community health worker, or someone else (with your consent), can refer you for a needs assessment.

Support services may include help with:

If you have questions about your home, community and nursing support services, or any concerns about the service you're receiving, phone Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation on (03) 337‑7765.

Needs Assessment Service

If you have more complex needs, you may require a Needs Assessment Service (NAS). You can contact your local Needs Assessment Service via Older Persons Health on (03) 337-7765.

You may be eligible to receive a Needs Assessment Service at no cost. If you aren't eligible, NAS will be able to provide you with the services you need, at your own cost.

You may also opt to find and pay for your own home support services.

Service providers

There are three organisations providing home support services in Canterbury. You can choose which of these organisations provides your support.

If you want to know more about providers, phone them or visit their websites. The A guide to Home, Community and Nursing Support Services brochure also provides guidance and information about service providers.


Access logo

Phone: 0800-AT-HOME or 0800‑284‑663


Healthcare of New Zealand

Healthcare NZ logo

Phone: 0800‑000‑239


Nurse Maude

Nurse Maude Logo

Phone: 0800‑888‑018


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Written by Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation (OPH&R), Canterbury DHB. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2019.

See also:

Information for carers


Page reference: 82037

Review key: HISSO-48278