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 health conditions and their families/whanau within Auckland, Counties Manukau, Northland and Waitemata District Health Boards.

Family Options Respite Programme aims to enhance and optimise the care of the children and their families/whanau 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 a medical practitioner, social worker, community nurse or any health professional.

The children will be assessed for eligibility by the Family Options Needs Assessment Team.

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 health conditions and their families/whanau in their community and supports an integrated model of community paediatric care.

Our underlying philosophies are:

  • to provide family/whanau centred care and 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 health condiitons.
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