Support services for older people

If you’re getting older, you may be finding it harder to cope on your own. There are support services available to support you.

These services can help you to:

  • maintain your independence and quality of life
  • stay in your own home for as long as you can
  • participate in your community.

What are support services for older people?

Support services for older people are funded by district health boards (DHBs). They are services or things that help you to stay in your home for as long as you can.

They may include:

  • personal care (eg, getting out of bed, showering, dressing, medication management)
  • household support (eg, cleaning, meal preparation)
  • carer support (help for the person who lives with you and/or looks after you for 4 hours or more each day)
  • equipment to help with your safety at home.

Accessing support services

  • You must be a New Zealand citizen or resident who is eligible for publicly funded health or disability services.
  • Everyone who wishes to receive support services funded by a DHB must have a needs assessment.
    • You can refer yourself to a DHB’s Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) agency to be assessed for support services (or someone else can refer you, with your consent).
    • Find your local NASC on the Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination Association website.
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