Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination is the entry into publically funded Community Support Services for:
- people over 65 years who have a disability that will last longer than 6 months and results in a reduction of independent function to the extent that ongoing support is required
- people who have a need for short term personal health support – i.e. following an admission to hospital
- people requiring Meals on Wheels
- people requiring home based services who have palliative care needs
- people aged less than 65 years who have a chronic health condition long term disability and very high support needs as a result of chronic disease who meet the eligibility for the Chronic Health Conditions Long Term Support Service [CHC LTS]. This service was previously known as the Interim Funding Pool [IFP].
NASC has a range of professional clinical Needs Assessors and a wide cultural mix.
The assessments can be carried out for people living in their homes or when they are in Middlemore Hospital/Manukau Surgery Centre or in residential care, either at rest home or hospital level, to evaluate the needs, strengths and preference of the older person. The assessment tool used is interRAI - an internationally validated needs assessment tool.
NASC will link you to the services to meet your identified needs; these may include but are not limited to the following:
- Domestic assistance / household management
- Personal cares – (showering, grooming etc) both short term and long term
- Meals on Wheels
- Day care
- Carer support
- Palliative care
- Respite care
- Residential care – (NASC will give you subsidy forms to complete if you need to apply for the Government Residential Care subsidy)
- Social Worker referrals.
Counties Manukau Health NASC is committed to providing services which support the Positive Aging, Disability Strategy and the Health of Older People's Strategy.