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Who can move into residential care

When you can no longer manage in your own home, you can move into a rest home or hospital. Your doctor, other health professionals, and your family or whānau can help you decide where to move and when.

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There are 2 main groups of people who move into residential care:

  • people aged 65 and older who can no longer manage in their own homes — some people call this ‘aged care’
  • people aged between 50 and 64 who have a disability or illness which means they need 24-hour care.

If you’re under 50 and have major health or disability problems, in some circumstances you may be able to move into residential care. Talk to your doctor or healthcare team for further advice.

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