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For older people, care outside the home is relatively easy to find in rest homes. However, rest homes find it difficult to provide carer support flexible enough to meet the intermittent demand. There is an urgent need for more flexible support services to be developed, both in the home and for short-stay rest home care for older people.

A group of providers is currently developing a proposal to present to the Bay of Plenty DHB – Technical Advisory Group for a more co-ordinated approach to respite care, or at least the care provided by the health sector. Ideally, what is needed is a centralised body to co-ordinate respite care, to encourage good training, and to find appropriate services to take the pressure of the families under the most severe pressure.

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