Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Occupational Right Agreement or ORA?

An ORA is a licence to occupy a dwelling at a retirement village or a Care Suite in a facility. The ORA sets out yours and the Oceania’s obligations and it creates the right for you to live in the Care Suite or dwelling.

Do I have to use a lawyer when I sign an ORA?

Yes, the law requires you to obtain legal advice.

What is a Care Suite?

Sometimes called an Assisted Living Suite, these are luxury suites, where care is provided at Rest home and Hospital level. The Care Suite is purchased under an Occupational Right Agreement. You can stay in the same Care Suite for Rest Home and Hospital Care.

What is Enduring Power of Attorney for Personal Care and Welfare and Enduring Power of Attorney for Property?

These are legal documents, drawn up by a lawyer or Public Trust – setting out who can make decisions on personal care, and on financial matters, if the person is unable to. These are activated when a medical professional decides that a person is no longer capable of making or communicating decisions.

What is Independent Living?

The term used to describe the lifestyle of people 70 years or older, who live independently with minimal support in retirement villages. Villas or apartments suitable for Independent Living, are available in retirement villages through the purchase of an ORA.

What is Semi –independent Living?

The term used to describe the lifestyle people 70 years or older, who live in retirement villages with a small amount of support, usually having daily main meal provided. They have not been assessed as needing Care by a needs assessor. Villas or apartments suitable for Semi-independent living, are available in some retirement villages through the purchase of an ORA.

What is Rest Home Care?

A level of daily living support described by a DHB NASC assessor when the person has been assessed. This usually means the person needs some assistance with daily showering, need meals provided but are mobile and need minimal assistance with other activities.

What is Hospital Care?

A level of daily living support described by a DHB NASC assessor when the person has been assessed. This provides a higher level of support than Rest Home. This is sometimes called Nursing Home care, Geriatric care or Private Hospital care.

What is Dementia Care?

A level of daily living support described by a DHB NASC assessor when the person has been assessed. The person’s mental status and level of mobility requires specialist care and safety consideration in the environment.

What is Psychogeriatric Care?

A level of daily living support described by a DHB NASC assessor when the person has been assessed. The person requires a higher level of specialist care and safety consideration in the environment than Dementia care. Oceania does not have any facilities offering this level of care.

What is Respite Care?

Temporary, short term care provided at Rest Home, Dementia or Hospital Care level to allow the primary carer to have a break.

What is Palliative Care?

Sometimes called “End of Life Care” this specialist care can be at Rest Home or Hospital Care level.

What is a NASC assessor?

Employed by the DHB and sometimes simply called “assessors”, they assess aged people against a set of criteria, at the request of anyone: the individual, family member or friend, GP or hospital. They formally determine what level support and Care the person requires.

What is a Rest Home?

This is a place where Rest Home Care is provided. Residents usually live in single rooms, sometimes with ensuites, and share common lounges and dining rooms. Luxury Care Suites are usually in Rest Homes and Hospitals. There is daily care support available and a registered nurse on call 24 hours a day.

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