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For people over 65, the person will be referred to AccessAbility by the Assessment Treatment and Rehabilitation team from the hospital and have an age related, physical or sensory disability or a combination of these that will remain after provision of equipment, treatment and rehabilitation, continue for longer than 6 months and result in a need for ongoing support.

Following an InterRAI assessment by the DHB’s Community Assessment Team, we will contact you to discuss support options which can be arranged either over the phone or in a face-to-face meeting. You can choose to have other family/whānau or friends present for these discussions.

AccessAbility also work alongside younger disabled people and whānau in key areas:

  • Needs Assessment,
  • Service Coordination (NASC)

Needs Assessment and Service Coordination is available through AccessAbility for people from birth to 65 years of age in the Whanganui DHB region.

People are eligible when they:

  • present for assessment before the age of 65,
  • have a physical, sensory or intellectual disability, ASD or a combination of these,
  • which is likely to last for more than six months,
  • results in a reduction of independent function to the extent that ongoing support is required and remains even after provision of equipment, treatment and rehabilitation.

Referrals assist us to determine eligibility for Needs Assessment, by the completion of an ‘Application for Needs Assessment’ form. We may also ask for a doctor or specialist to complete a form confirming the disability.

The Needs Assessment is a meeting where the person and their family/whānau /advocate, identifies their goals, dreams and what is needed for them to live well. If required, we can arrange interpreters and/or cultural support.

Service Coordination is a separate process to discuss ideas that could assist the disabled person to live well and connect them with the best people, opportunities and supports in the community.

Tags: Autism, physical, sensory, intellectual, disability, assessment, respite, children, youth, adults.