Step 1: Organise a Needs Assessment
If you feel like it’s time for a loved one to receive greater care and attention, the first step is to organise a needs assessment with your local Needs Assessment Services Co-ordinator (NASC).
The purpose of NASC is to determine whether your close friend or family member is eligible for long-term care in a rest home. Anyone can enter residential care of their own volition, but if you wish to receive disability support from your District Health Board (DHB), then it’s essential to undergo a needs assessment.
Your family member is eligible for long-term care, if:
- They have high or very high needs;
- Their condition is irreversible;
- and they cannot be safely supported within the community.
To make an appointment with NASC you can either get a referral from your GP or hospital, phone your local DHB and ask to speak to a local NASC organisation, or choose your local NASC online by checking the list on the Ministry of Health website, or by going directly to NASC.