Support services for older people and people with
Support services for older people and those with disabilities in
the Bay of Plenty District Health Board are accessed through
Support Net is a Needs Assessment and Service Coordination
Service (NASC) for people with disabilities or difficulties
carrying out daily activities due to age to access support that
will enable them to live as independently as possible in their home
NASC is the first step for a person to get Government-funded
support services. Services may include help with personal support,
meals, household management, carer support, day programmes, and the
support provided by rest homes and private hospitals.
What does NASC do?
A Needs Assessor will meet with the person, and support people
if required, to complete the needs assessment, establish what
support is required and the options available.
Eligibility for support
NASC agencies must make sure that a person is eligible to
receive Government-funded support services according to the
Ministry of Health's definition of disability. NASC agencies ensure
that people with the most urgent needs receive support first within
the available budget. If a person's needs change, NASC will
re-assess and re-coordinate services.
Access to the service
Anyone can be referred to Support Net for this free
service. Self-referrals, family referrals and doctor's
referrals are most common.