Health Minister Tony Ryall announced that the Government will provide $92 million over four years to pay carers who look after their own disabled adult family members with high or very high needs. This means that disabled adults (aged 18 years and over) assessed as having high or very high needs based on a number of criteria will be able to employ their parent or other family member (except spouse or partner) to provide up to 40 hours of support per week. You can also find further information about the new policy at the Ministry of Health's website, along with questions and answers. Read a joint Press Release from Carers NZ and the NZ Carers Alliance by clicking here.
Request your free carer infopack now! Each pack contains the Government's updated Guide for Carers, the latest issue of Family Care magazine, plus a range of other resources we think all carers should have. These packs are useful for carers of any age or caring situation. Organisations and health professionals: please request packs for carers in your networks. Our 'foundation packs' can be regionalised, localised, or tailored for your community by adding your own information! They are attractive, and ready to post with your label ... or simply give them to the carers you support. As the packs are currently unfunded, we ask for a koha to cover courier costs for bulk requests. Email email@example.com or phone 0800 777 797 to request infopacks. If you only want copies of the Guide then please phone the national helpline 0800 777 797. These are completely free and for bulk orders we can arrange free delivery from the Ministry of Social Development.
The Autumn issue of Family Care is available now. Please contact us to request a free trial copy, or to request an annual $30 subscription which covers four issues of the magazine ($55 for two years). If you support a carer, an older person, or are a 'self carer' managing your own health or disability needs, a subscription to Family Care (Carers NZ's official publication) makes a wonderful gift, and will ensure they feel part of a strong and growing community. To subscribe, please phone 0800 777 797 or send your subscription fee (cheque or credit card details) to PO Box 133, Mangonui, Far North 0442.
A Guide for Carers
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