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Rest homes

A rest home may be the best option if you, or a family member, need nursing care and are struggling to manage daily.

If you're considering a rest home, this important information will help you make an informed choice.

Before making a decision, consider:

If you are no longer able to live at home with support, the first step is to apply for a needs assessment from the Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Agency (NASC).

Funding eligibility

It's important to realise that not everyone who wants to enter a rest home will be funded by the Ministry of Health. To be eligible for funding you must be assessed as needing care.

An assessment by staff from CDHB’s Older Persons Health Specialist Service (OPHSS) is required to see if you're eligible. Usually a written referral is needed. Your GP can do this. You can refer yourself, or any person or organisation can make the referral for you, with your agreement.

The OPHSS Community Service Team recommend that you check with them about your own situation before making any major decisions relating to your wish to go into care. Contact the OPHSS Community Service Team by phoning (03) 337-7765.

On the next page: Choosing a rest home

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created May 2019.

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