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Northland DHB Health of Older People (HOP)

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Carer Support Service

To give the carers of the older person a break. A financial contribution to breaks, carer needs to arrange themselves.

Carer Support

This provides carers of the older person with a set number of days per year to have a break from their carer role.

  • The funding is a contribution at a set rate per day.
  • The carer must arrange the alternative carer themselves.

INTENSIVE NEEDS FACTORS: Intensive level dependency (over and above that required for same age peers)

 Generally in the 28 day area if several factors present.

  • Primary caregiver takes responsibility for (provides) 19-24 hour care (average in 24 hour day) and unpaid to do so
  • intensive daytime care and support
  • frequent night care
  • formal support services essential
  • no informal support network
  • high risk of abuse/harm to client or caregiver
  • constant supervision
  • severe behavioural issues
  • high level of caregiver health/stress issues will prevent the continuation of care.

HIGH NEEDS FACTORS: High level dependency (over and above that required for same age peers)

 Generally in area of 14-28 days if several factors present.

  • Primary caregiver takes responsibility for (provides) 14-18 hour care (average in 24 hour day) and unpaid to do so
  • high levels of daytime care and support
  • intermittent night care
  • formal support services beneficial
  • minimal informal support network
  • moderate risk of abuse/harm to client or caregiver
  • intermittent supervision
  • difficult behaviour issues
  • moderate level caregiver health/stress issues, will impact on the continuation of care.

MODERATE NEEDS FACTORS: Moderate level dependency (over and above that required for same age peers)

Generally in area of 7-14 days if several factors present.

  • Primary caregiver takes responsibility for (provides) 9-13 hour care (average in 24 hour day) and unpaid to do so
  • some extra daytime care
  • occasional night care
  • some/limited informal support network
  • low risk of abuse/harm to client or caregiver
  • some supervision
  • some behavioural issues
  • low level of caregiver health/stress issues, may impact on the continuation of care.

LOW NEEDS FACTORS: Low level dependency (over and above that required for same age peers)

Generally in area of 0-7 days.

  • Primary caregiver takes responsibility for (provides) 4-8 hour care (average in 24 hour day) and unpaid to do so
  • little extra daytime care
  • no night care
  • good informal/formal support networks
  • no identified risk of abuse/harm to client or caregiver
  • normal level of caregiver health/stress issues not usually impacting the continuation of care.

This page was last updated at 12:23PM on July 9, 2018.