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Residential Care Subsidy for Aged Care


How do I apply for a subsidy?

Most people will have a DHB needs assessment to determine the level of care they require (Rest Home, Hospital or Dementia care). If the Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) team decides it is best for you to move into a care facility, they will provide you with the paperwork to apply for a WINZ Financial Means Assessment, which will determine if you are eligible for subsidised care.  You can also contact WINZ directly on 0800 999 727 to get a copy of the Residential Care Subsidy application form.


When does my subsidy application need to be completed?

It is important that you submit the subsidy paperwork to WINZ within 90 days of the DHB having completed your needs assessment, or within 90 days of securing a room in a care facility.


Even if you can’t fully complete the WINZ Residential Care Subsidy application form straight away, it is best to submit it to WINZ as soon as you can and the WINZ team will contact you about any missing details.


What happens if I move into care before I am approved for the subsidy?

It often takes several weeks before subsidy approval comes through and during this time you may have already moved into a care facility. It is best to speak with the facility manager or administrator about your personal circumstances to figure out how best to manage payments. If your subsidy is approved, we will refund you any subsidised amounts you have paid privately towards your care fees.




Looking for more information?

You might be interested in these pages:

How much does aged care cost and who pays for aged care?
What’s covered by the Daily Care Fee?
Room options and their costs


Or contact the manager of your local Oceania Rest Home 


The Ministry of Health website and WINZ website also have helpful information.

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