Disability Support Link aims to promote a person’s quality of life and create an environment that enables community participation and maximum independence.
Those requesting assessment must have a disability as defined by the Ministry of Health:
“... a person with a disability is a person who has been identified as having a physical, psychiatric, intellectual, sensory or age-related disability (or a combination of these), which is likely to continue for a minimum of six months and result in a reduction of independent function to the extent that ongoing support is required..."
Disability Support Link assists in obtaining home support services for people with disabilities in the Waikato, King Country, Thames Valley and Coromandel Peninsula, and may include:
Disability Support Link does not have the capacity to assist the following clients:
What is a needs assessment?
The purpose of a needs assessment is to gather relevant information about a client’s current abilities, resources, goals and needs, then determining which of these agreed needs is most important to the client.
What is service coordination?
Service coordinators have extensive knowledge of all options including public, private, voluntary and community services.
Your services will be reviewed at least annually to ensure your needs are still being met.
This is an electronic assessment tool that is used by appropriately trained health professionals in the management of older clients and those deemed as being of like in age and interest. It started as a Rest Home Assessment Instrument used in Canada and the US, but has now evolved into a suite of assessment tools that can be used on any older client in any environment.
Its development has involved a network of researchers in more than 30 countries and the assessment tools are used throughout the world, including district health boards throughout New Zealand.
Nurse Manager Community Services
Older Persons and Rehabilitation
Hugh Monckton Building, cnr Rostrevor and Harwood Streets, Hamilton
DSL Reception: (07) 839 1441
Freephone: 0800 55 33 99
The client or caregiver’s consent must be obtained prior to making a referral. This is essential.
Referrals can be made by clients, by their family/whanau members, GPs, a health professional, disability support groups and organisations or a friend. Please see contact details below.
Appropriate advice and care
Disability Support Link has a commitment to providing competent and culturally appropriate assessors and service coordinators.
Please tell us if you have a particular cultural requirement, e.g. te reo Maori, interpreter, translator etc.