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The primary point of contact for services for older adults is Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC). NASC services cover help to stay at home, support services for carers and entry into residential care. They can also link with other District Health Board (DHB) services and community based agencies.

There are two NASC contacts for Canterbury;

Service Name: Older Persons Health Specialist Service, Canterbury DHB
Area Includes: Akaroa, Darfield, Hanmer, Kaikoura, Leeston, Mt Somers, Rangiora
Email: communityreferralcentre@cdhb.health.nz
Website: www.cdhb.health.nz
Phone / Fax: 03 337 7765 / 03 337 7720 (fax)
Postal Address: The Princess Margaret Hospital, PO Box 800, Christchurch 8140
Physical Address: The Princess Margaret Hospital, Cashmere Road, Christchurch
Service Name: Older Person's Health, Canterbury DHB
Area Includes: Ashburton, Methven, Rakaia
Email: lorraine.bryan@cdhb.health.nz
Website: www.cdhb.health.nz
Phone / Fax: 03 307 6916 / 027 502 7532  Fax: 03 307 8460
Postal Address: Ashburton Hospital, Private Bag 801, Ashburton 7700
Physical Address: Ashburton Hospital, 28 Elizabeth Street, Ashburton

Other useful contacts

Meals on wheels: 03 335 4443 ext 34443  mealsonwheels@cdhb.health.nz  Meals on wheels delivered by Red Cross volunteers
District Nursing: Nurse Maude  03 375 4200 (ask for district nurses)
Shuttle Services: St Johns Health Shuttle - Ashburton Shuttle - 03 308 7132 (Ashburton & Rakaia to Christchurch)
North Canterbury Health Shuttle Service - Booked through Rangiora CAB 0800 383 373

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