Residential Care Subsidy
If you need long-term residential care in a hospital or rest home, you may be able to get a Residential Care Subsidy from the Ministry of Health.
This subsidy helps with the cost of this care. The subsidy is paid directly to the hospital or rest home by the Ministry of Health.
Who can get it
The Ministry of Health determines if you get a Residential Care Subsidy, including the start date of the subsidy and payments.
You may get a Residential Care Subsidy if you:
- are assessed as needing long-term residential care in a hospital or rest home
- need this care for an indefinite length of time
- are either:
- 50-64, single and have no dependent children (for you, there is no asset test)
- 65 or older and your assets are within certain limits
- are receiving contracted care services.
It also depends on:
- how much you and your spouse or partner earn
- any money or assets you and your spouse or partner have.
We're responsible for assessing your assets and income. This is called a financial means assessment.
You won’t qualify for Residential Care Subsidy and will need to contact your District Health Board for assistance if you’re either:
- under 50 years and single
- under 65 years and have a partner or dependent children.
When your eligibility can be backdated to
- If you’re aged 65 years or over, your eligibility for the Residential Care Subsidy can be backdated up to 90 days before the date your application for a financial means assessment is received by us.
- If you’re aged 50–64 years, single with no dependent children, your eligibility for the subsidy can be backdated to one of the following, whichever is later:
- the date you were assessed as requiring care
the date you entered care.
If you have any questions, contact the Residential Subsidy Unit on:
Or you can:
- Email email@example.com
- Fax 0800 999 199