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Rest home care: everything you need to know. Start Here

Rest home care is a type of residential care. Rest homes (also called care homes) provide 24-hour care to people who are no longer able to live independently.

Rest home care is provided in a dedicated facility by trained caregivers and registered nurses. In New Zealand, both private companies and not-for-profit organisations provide rest home care.

There are regulations around how much a rest home can charge for care. A maximum contribution is set by the Ministry of Health and is between $1000 and $1200 per week, depending on where you live. The maximum contribution is adjusted on an annual basis on the 1st of July.

Please note: Fees may exceed the maximum contribution if someone opts for additional or premium services.

A needs assessment will determine whether someone is eligible for rest home care. Needs assessments are carried out by DHB-approved assessors.

The residential care subsidy is government funding towards the cost of rest home care. It’s means tested and depends on a resident’s income and assets. A resident can apply for the residential care subsidy multiple times throughout their life, as their circumstances change.

Types of rooms
In most care facilities, there are two types of rooms: standard rooms and premium rooms. Care suites are also available within some facilities.
Standard rooms
These are usually single rooms. They are comfortable, private, and safe, and often have space for a television and a small item of personal furniture, such as an armchair. The residential care subsidy is available for standard rooms.
Premium rooms
These are usually double rooms (or larger) with premium features such as an ensuite, private bathroom, or garden views. As with standard rooms, they are comfortable, private, and safe. Please note, additional fees apply.
Care suites
These are usually spacious, studio-like suites, and often include a kitchenette, full ensuite bathroom, and private outdoor area. Most care suites are sold on an Occupation Right Agreement.

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