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.
Referrals can be made to the Family Options Respite Programme through the Local Delegated Funding Co-ordinators, 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.
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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