Health of older people

Health of older people

Home as my First Choice’ – supporting older people to remain in their own homes

‘Home as my First Choice’ raises awareness of support options when an older person wants to either stay at home, or return home from hospital.

Primary Care, Home Support, Clinical Needs Assessors and other Health Professionals play a vital role in this campaign. This wider team can support a restorative approach that helps people to be independent, care for themselves and continue to participate within their families/whānau and communities.

Information and resources including leaflets and posters are available to encourage patient, their families/whānau and staff to talk more about the option of returning or remaining at home with support.

The ‘Home as my First Choice’ campaign ties in with other initiatives to support older people to return home, and stay well at home including the ‘Sit up, Get Dressed, Keep Moving,’ initiative and the Live Stronger for Longer programme.


Paid Family Care

The Southern DHB recognises the important role of families and whanau in voluntarily providing care and support to their family/whanau members.

DHB-funded Home and community Support Services for Health of Older People clients are based on an assessment of the person’s identified health and/or disability needs and provided to people who need them most.

Southern DHB Paid Family Care Policy

Paid Family Carer FAQs