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Elderly couples living in their own home can face particular difficulties where one of them becomes unwell. If the required care is too much for the other spouse to cope with alone, there is help available.
The family GP can refer such patients to the Nelson Marlborough DHB for a clinical assessment so a support plan put in place. This is done by DHB Support Works in Blenheim. People may also call Support Works direct.
The partner providing the care may be able to get some respite care, either in their own home or a rest home. Day care, through an organisation like Alzheimers Marlborough, may suit some situations. Household help - cleaning, cooking or washing - is available in some cases.
Work and Income assistance may apply to some couples, depending on their financial situation, to help meet things like:
Depending on the circumstances, these costs may be covered through:
Some people qualify for the Pharmaceutical Subsidy Card. Any pharmacist can advise on this.
Those who don’t qualify for a Community Services Card may be able to get the High Use Health Card if there are regular GP visits for an on-going medical condition. The GP can advise on this.
NMDHB Support Works: Ph: 0800 244 300 to be put in touch with an assessor in Blenheim