The residential care subsidy contributes to the cost of residing
in a rest home. To be eligible for the subsidy certain criteria
needs to be met including a financial means assessment.
This step is completed by Work & Income.
Village Guide makes this step easy. Simply use our search filters
to find rest homes in your area that offer the level of care required.
Send an enquiry directly to the rest home manager using our forms or
create a 'compare list' to print and browse with family members.
Once you’ve shortlisted rest homes that suit, the next step is to
arrange a meeting with the manager. This gives you
the opportunity to look around the facility and to get a feel
for the home. We’ve put together a list of suggested questions
to ask rest home managers.
Make sure you request an admissions agreement from each rest
home you visit. Take your time to read through these
documents. You can also access the rest home’s most recent
audit report from the Ministry of Health website. This is another
document we suggest you take the time to read prior to making
Once you’ve decided on a rest home, you will need to sign the
admissions agreement and work together with the rest home
manager to create a care plan. It’s also at this stage that you
apply for the residential care loan (if you qualify).
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