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Community residential homes

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Community residential homes are an option for some people who need a higher level of support, as often there is a caregiver on-site to help you out.  Funded by the Ministry of Health, community residential homes are for people with long-term physical, intellectual, and/or sensory disabilities who meet certain criteria.

There are two main types of homes – for people with an intellectual disability, and for people with a physical and/or a sensory disability.

What support would I get at a residential home?
Residential homes aim to be as close to a home-like setting as possible. In a residential home, you can receive
24-hour a-day care if needed, with things such as:

  • planning and preparing meals
  • daily personal care (dressing, bathing, etc)
  • household jobs such as laundry and housework
  • learning new skills and having new experiences
  • getting out and about and doing things in the community such as joining support groups and mixing with other people
  • accessing community services such as doctors, dentists, hairdressers and banking services.

What about my goals?
Your provider will work closely with you and your family/whānau from the outset to ensure that your specific needs are best met. A plan should be developed to help you achieve your short-term and long-term goals, which will frame your daily activities.

Who would I live with?
Usually, you would live with other disabled people, with access to support workers when you need them. Some people receive support overnight while others remain independent.

How can I apply?
To live in a community residential home, you need to first have a needs assessment with your local NASC. They have a list of local providers and can help you choose a home that’s right for you.

For more information about community residential homes, check out the Ministry of Health’s booklet What You Need to Know or talk to your local NASC.

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