What is Rest Home Care? Rest Home Care is where elderly people live in a Rest Home, requiring low level of care. This involves assistance for taking a shower and providing of meals etc. What is Dementia Care? Dementia is the term used when a person experiences a gradual loss of brain function due to physical changes in the structure of their brain. This condition affects a person’s ability to think and remember, thus interfering with their capability to lead a normal life. Specialist care and a safer environment are usually recommended in such cases. What is Respite Care? Respite Care is designed to provide short-term breaks for the carers of a disabled person, while also providing a positive, stimulating and worthwhile experience for the disabled person. What is Day Care / Carer Support? Many rest homes will accept a day stay residents on an informal basis. This service offers the carer/support person a break,usually for a day or two. What do you mean by Palliative Care? It is also termed as “End of Life Care”, it is available at Rest Home as well as Hospital Care level. What is Daily Care fee? Daily Care fee covers the residential care services we are contracted to provide by the District Health Board (DHB). The fee is set annually by the DHB for aged care facilities within the region, this covers the cost, including: Accommodation Meals/Food Services Laundry Services Nursing Care and other care GP Visits All Healthcare prescribed by GP Prescribed Medication (Pharmac approved only) Continence Products Transport to Health Service What services are NOT covered by Daily Care Fee/Subsidy? Specialist Visit Private Phone, Toll Calls, Internet, Fax etc. Spectacles, Hearing Aids, Dental etc. Any other services that are not funded by DHB Personal Magazines, Newspaper, Books etc. Personal Toiletries Hairdresser, Dietitian Podiatrist etc. Where do I start or what are the steps involved? You will first need to complete a Residential Care Needs Assessment. You can either ask your GP for a referral to NASC needs assessor, or you can request an assessment directly from your DHB. You will need to appoint an Enduring Power of Attorney for Personal Care. These are legal documents that give another person of your choice the power to make decisions on your behalf if the need arises. If you wish to apply for a Residential Care Subsidy, you need to call WINZ on 0800 999 727 for advice about eligibility. They will assess your financial situation and make the decision.