Community residential homes
are an option for some people who need a higher level of support, as often there is a caregiver on-site to help you out. Funded by the Ministry of Health, community residential homes are for people with long-term physical, intellectual and/or sensory disabilities who meet certain criteria.
There are two main types of homes – for people with an intellectual disability, and for people with a physical and/or a sensory disability.
What support would I get at a residential home?
Residential homes aim to be as close to a home-like setting as possible. In a residential home, you can receive 24-hour a day care if needed, with things such as:
- planning and preparing meals
- daily personal care (dressing, bathing etc)
- household jobs such as laundry and housework
- learning new skills and having new experiences
- getting out and about and doing things in the community such as joining support groups and mixing with other people
- accessing community services such as doctors, dentists, hairdressers and banking services.
What about my goals?
Your provider will work closely with you and your family/whānau from the outset to ensure that your specific needs are best met. A plan should be developed to help you achieve your short-term and long-term goals, which will frame your daily activities.
Who would I live with?
Usually, you would live with other disabled people, with access to support workers when you need them. Some people receive support overnight while others remain independent.
How can I apply?
To live in a community residential home, you need to first have a needs assessment with your local NASC. They have a list of local providers and can help you choose a home that’s right for you.