Residents who occupy a unit, villa or apartment in a retirement village or residential care facility under an Occupation Right Agreement (ORA) or similar are entitled to receive some consideration or compensation back from the facility on becoming eligible for residential care under the District Health Boards’ Aged Residential Care Agreements.
Providers Obligation to Inform
To ensure residents in such arrangements, or considering such arrangements, are aware of their entitlements, District Health Boards have made it a condition within the Aged Residential Care Agreements that facilities provide information about this entitlement to residents. Residents should sign the letter of advice provided as evidence of receipt.
Residents are encouraged to seek further advice before agreeing to any compensation offered by the facility provider to ensure they are fully informed.
Such advice may come from an informed family member, legal representative or the local District Health Board’s Planning and Funding team. Information is also available through the National Information Line on 0800 737 777 or through the local Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) team.
Links to the Information Sheet which you will receive from your facility provider and the Guide for District Health Boards on this matter are available here: