Family Options Respite Programme

Family Options Respite Programme is a regional service that is responsible for the co-ordination of supports for medically fragile children/children with long term, chronic health conditions, aged 0 - 16 years, and their families/whānau within Auckland, Counties Manukau, Northland and Waitematā District Health Boards.

Family Options Respite Programme aims to enhance and optimise the care of the children and their families/whānau in their community by participating in and supporting an integrated model of community paediatric care.

 

If a child's needs are as a result of a disability they should be referred to their local Disability Support Services (DSS) NASC.

If a child's needs are as a result of an accident they should be referred to ACC.

Referral Expectations

Referrals can be made to the Family Options Respite Programme via the Local DHB Co-ordinators, medical practitioner, social worker, community nurse or any other health professional. All referrals will be assessed for eligibility by the Family Options Needs Assessment (NASC) Team.

A Needs Assessment & Service Coordination (NASC) Support Plan must accompany referrals for the Family Options Short Term Supports Programme. Once assessed for eligibility a Service Provider will be identified and Carers/Support Workers will be allocated.

The Family Options Needs Assessment (NASC) Team will carry out a Needs Assessment for referrals to the Long Term Supports - Chronic Health Conditions (LTS-CHC) Programme. Once the Needs Assessment is completed a Service Provider will be identified and Carers/Support Workers will be allocated.

 

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

Mission Statement

Family Options Respite Programme aims to enhance and optimise the care of medically fragile children/children with long term, chronic health conditions and their families/whānau in their community and supports an integrated model of community paediatric care.

The underlying philosophies are:

  • to provide family/whānau centred care with a partnership approach
  • to provide culturally appropriate care
  • to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • to support community based care
  • to integrate all services provided in the community by supporting a case management model
  • to promote respect and cooperation, valuing the opinions of all those involved in the care of medically fragile children/children with long term, chronic health condiitons.
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