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Community Support after leaving Te Puna Waiora

There are a range of support services, other than those provided by
Taranaki Health's Mental Health Services, that are available to people leaving
and those supporting people leaving Te Puna Waiora.
These include:
  • Carer Respite Care
  • Supported Accommodation for Consumers
  • Home Based Support
  • Mobile Support Services
  • Meaningful Activity Programmes and Pre-Vocational and Vocational Support

Carer Support:

Carer support is a limited resource available only to those people who receive no less than four hours per day, or, full time caring by a person who is an unpaid carer, and living with the person who suffers from a mental illness.  Without provision of this level of care, the Consumer would not be able to reside in their home.
It is not available to those people who reside in residential care.  The Ministry of Health has defined the access criteria.  Occasionally in the past, it has been possible to secure an exemption to the access criteria from the Ministry of Health for a small number of individuals. This has become more difficult to achieve and cannot be assured of success.
The purpose of Carer Support is to provide people who are involved with the daily care giving of consumers to have planned breaks - respite.  It is expected to be utilised as a part of the overall care or management plan.  It is not intended to be utilised as an option for crisis respite. Applications should be made in advance of carer support, as being accessed, not retrospectively.
Taranaki Health's Mental Health Service Social Workers or Tuu Tama Wahine Needs Assessors complete an application for Carer Support, recommending the number of days per year that the application is made for (often 28 days/year is the maximum recommended).  All applications are signed off by the service coordinator.

Carer Support can be utilised in the following ways:

Respite Care
Where the consumer goes to another setting to receive necessary care.  Consumers and their caregiver can choose where they receive respite.  Often people utilise a vacant bed within a residential provider or rest home; alternative family members; Manna Healing Centre, The Haven etc.
Domiciliary Support

Including personal care services and household management provided on a continuous or intermittent basis in the consumer's home to allow the primary carer to have a break from the caring role.

These are accessed through the following two services:
Taranaki Health Mental Health Services  Tel:06 753 6139
or Tu Tama Wahine O Taranaki  Tel: 06 758 5795


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