C15 - Receiving Financial Assistance for Respite Care

The Ministry of Health funds respite care services. You need to be assessed to access their financial assistance.

The assessment considers individual circumstances, including the long-term health condition or disability of the person requiring care.


Funding assistance can make it much easier for you to use respite care.


You can only access a certain amount of funding. You will have to pay the additional costs for any more respite care than can be covered by the funding.

What do I need in order to take this option?


Contact your doctor, local hospital, district health board (DHB) or local Needs Assessment and Service Coordination service (NASC). NASC will assess whether you are eligible for respite care and discuss your needs, the number of paid respite days you can receive each year and the respite care support options in your area.

A suitable respite care service must be available in your area.

Could this option limit my future choices?


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