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Residential Care Subsidies – Part 1

The need for residential care for the elderly is growing.


This care has to be paid for, and so many elderly New Zealanders (or more usually, their children) are applying to the Ministry of Social Development for residential care subsidies. Wading through the extensive application form and searching for the required records can be a very stressful experience.

Then there’s the correspondence that follows:

1. Letters from the Ministry;

2. Requests for additional information and banking records and legal records;

3. More letters from the Ministry, none of which sound particularly encouraging.

Your first instinct (and perhaps your second and third instincts…) will probably be to give up.

Don’t give up.

There is no denying that it is not getting any easier to qualify for a residential care subsidy. However, it is often worth questioning the initial response. And while no victory is ever guaranteed, we have been able to help a number of clients ask the right questions and see their application through to success.


If you would like to discuss a residential care subsidy application give us a call (03) 477 8080


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