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Northland DHB Health of Older People (HOP)

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Respite Care

This provides carers of the older person with a regular scheduled programme in a residential facility. This is a fully funded DHB programme.


  1. Is accepted as a client by the Needs Assessment & Service Co-ordination Service.
  2. Has ongoing disability support needs related to chronic or acute on chronic, physical, psychological, psychiatric and/or social problems often interacting to exacerbate frailty and dependence.  
  3. Has been assessed by the Needs Assessor & Service Co-ordinator as being at a high or very high level using the SPA Tool.
  4. Has an informal carer(s) who is providing most of the support needs for the client in a home situation.
  5. Provides a significant amount of the 24-hour care needed.
  6. The demands placed on the carer(s) are considerable.   Unless there is respite from the demanding role at regular intervals, it is unsustainable in the long term.  
  7. Carer(s) is unpaid for the role of caring for the family member.


  • People with short term convalescent care needs following an acute episode of illness or injury.
  •  Clients who are formally paying the carer(s) for the 24 hour care they receive.
  • People who are covered under the Accident Compensation Corporation Act.

This page was last updated at 2:15PM on May 10, 2021.