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All NASC/CCC contacts in New Zealand can be found on Eldernet. Contact you local needs assessment service (NASC/CCC). Details HERE
When people in the older persons’ health sector are talking about an assessment, they’re generally talking about the interRAI assessment, otherwise know as a needs assessment. (Other assessments include ACC, mental health, equipment and housing modification assessments.) The interRAI assessment is the standard assessment ‘tool’ (a computer-based programme) used across...
Most formal, subsidised services in New Zealand are accessed via some sort of assessment, and most commonly, in this context, the interRAI assessment. The short answer is that if you don’t have an assessment you will have to pay for any services you want or need.
The process begins with the assessor talking to you (and your family if you agree) or any carer you might have, about your needs, making observations and referring to other clinical information. It's known as an interRAI (or needs) assessment . Assessors are located in various places within our health...
You can ask for a review or reassessment. Contact your local older persons service. If you need support to do this you can contact The Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service. They offer free, independent, and confidential advice and support to help you resolve issues with health and disability services.
In some areas of New Zealand, especially if you’re considered non-urgent, the wait can be long. During this time, you may find that your situation changes. If this is so then you need to call and let the team know. You can be moved up the list if they reclassify...
After you have had an assessment, and if you are eligibility to receive services, you will probably be referred to someone known as a service or care coordinator. They will discuss the recommendations with you and help organise any services that have been recommended and that you agree to. Amongst...
Worry can be a motivator. Many people find that being clearer about what might be going on for them, such as understanding what health and other issues need to be addressed or better managed, allows them to feel more in control of their situation. The first thing to do is...