A Needs Assessment Service or NASC works with people who have a health or disability concern to help support them to continue living at home. A NASC can:
- talk with you, your carer/family or doctor to understand your needs and eligibility for support
- discuss your concerns and arrange for an assessment to ensure you get the right support for your needs
- assess what support your family/wha¯nau can give and what support they might need in order to be able to help you
- refer you for specialised assessments from other services if you need them.
You, or someone else (with your consent), can refer you to have your needs assessed to find out what is the best support for you. A trained health professional works with you to identify what you have difficulty doing and to prioritise your needs.
You work together to decide what support you need. Support services may include, for example, personal care, home help or equipment to make your home safer for you.