Carer Support Available
If you’re the unpaid full-time carer of a disabled person, then Carer Support is available for you. Carer Support provides reimbursement of some of the costs of using a support person to care and support a disabled person. This means you can take some time out for yourself. A full-time carer is the person who provides more than four hours per day unpaid care to a disabled person, for example the parent of a disabled child.
Carer Support is a subsidy funded by the Ministry of Health. The number of hours or days that carer support is funded for depends on your needs and those of the person you care for. Getting Carer Support You can be assessed by a Needs Assessment Service Coordination organisation (NASC) or, in some circumstances, by a doctor. They will then allocate your Carer Support days and undertake a review with you, usually after a year. To find out more talk to your local NASC or download:
How to Claim Carer Support (PDF, 93 KB) – http://bit.ly/1CJTSR4
Sample copy of the Carer Support Claim Form (1.4 MB) – http://bit.ly/1HoY4Iu
Who can provide support care?
Carer Support is designed to be flexible. You can use it to pay:
- Friends, some family members or neighbours who provide relief care
- People who provide relief care in a formal setting, for example a rest home.
Carer Support cannot be used:
- While the full-time carer is at work
- To pay a parent or partner of the disabled person
- While the disabled person is in hospital
- To pay a carer who lives at the same address as the fulltime carer.
If you’re unsure about how you can use your Carer Support, please contact the person or agency who has allocated your carer support.
What are Carer Support payments regarded as?
Carer Support payments may be subject to income tax. This will depend on your individual circumstances. You may wish to seek advice regarding tax issues from the IRD or, if you receive a benefit, from Work and Income New Zealand.
Ministry of Health Website Link – http://bit.ly/1EBDCy6
People need to be assessed by a Needs Assessment Coordination Organisation (NASC). Your Field Worker may be able to advise you, so please contact them.