Call 111 in the event of an emergency. If you are not sure if it is an emergency but you are still worried, call 111 and ask the operator. They will help you work out what to do. If it is a medical issue and you need advice, call Healthline on 0800 611 116.
You can also find other helpline numbers below.
There is lots of support available for people affected by dementia right throughout the country. Your local organisation can advise you on the services available to you in your local community. You could also talk to your doctor for further assistance.
Services in your community might include information, education, support and advocacy services offered through your local Alzheimers organisation, and support through your Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Service (NASC), such as:
- assistance with household tasks
- assistance with personal care needs, such as showering, dressing or supervising your medication
- day programmes
- carer relief
- respite services
- residential care
- support with ready-made meals
- subsidised taxi chits to help with transport costs.
Take a look at our booklets and factsheets to find support on a range of topics and issues.
Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Service (NASC)
NASC services are organisations contracted by your local DHB to work alongside people in the community who require support services to either remain living in the community or to transition into residential care.
When the time is right, you can contact your local NASC agency or be referred via your GP or other health professional. A case manager will then make contact with you and your family to determine what support services are required. These may include:
- Home help
- Personal care (showering, dressing, medication management)
- Respite care
- Carer relief
- Day programs
- Residential care
If you are under 65 you can find your local NASC agency here.
Online support groups for people with dementia
Booklets and factsheets
Our booklets cover many questions that people with dementia, their families/whānau and friends may have. Knowing what to expect can help everyone prepare for what is coming, and knowing about what support and services are available is key to living well with dementia.
Younger Onset Dementia Aotearoa Trust (YODAT)
Younger Onset Dementia Aotearoa Trust (YODAT) offers a day service programme in Wellington for people who have experienced dementia before the age of 65.
Included in the twice-weekly day service for brain and body health is Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) and other activities to build self-esteem and well-being. Lunch is provided, as well as lots of opportunities for socialisation. One of YODAT’s future goals is to offer the day service to other centres across New Zealand. Please see the YODAT website for more information, including suitability criteria for the Wellington day service. A referral form can be downloaded here, and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.