B16 - Live-in Carer
A live-in carer is a good option for people who want to remain living in their own home but feel that they need more care and support than the few hours a week that is provided
by an in-home support service(see B18 Home Support Services).
It can also allow those who have been assessed as needing rest-home care or whose partner needs 24-hour care to continue living in their own homes.
The live-in carer can be a family or whānau member or they can be an external professional carer.
- A live-in carer could help you to continue living in your own home.
- Some people like the independence of employing a professional live-in carer rather than relying on the goodwill of family members.
- A live-in carer can reassure your family that you are receiving 24-hour support.
- It can be difficult to cover the costs of a live-in carer.
- There may not be a suitable live-in care service in your area.
What do I need in order to take this option?
Generally, you need to arrange and pay all the costs of live-in care yourself. However, if you have a full-time caregiver who is not your husband, wife or partner, they may be
eligible for a Supported Living Payment from Work and Income.
Eligibility for financial assistance
For your caregiver to be eligible for a Supported
Living Payment, you must:
- have a health condition, injury or disability that would make you eligible to receive fulltime care in a rest home or hospital if you were not being cared for at home
- be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
- normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.
Could this option limit my future choices?
For more information
Work and Income, for information about the Supported Living Payment. See: