If you’re a New Zealand veteran with a disability, Social Rehabilitation may be able to help you toward living independently again.
You can get Social Rehabilitation, for an injury or illness linked to:
- service before 1 April 1974; or
- Qualifying Operational Service [PDF, 117 KB].
You must be assessed as needing Social Rehabilitation.
To seek rehabilitation (including Social Rehabilitation) of your injury or illness, you should first either:
- apply for entitlement such as Disablement Pension, Weekly Compensation or Permanent Impairment Compensation for it (as applicable); or
- apply for treatment & rehabilitation [PDF, 378 KB] of it.
If you have a qualifying injury or illness, we'll assess whether you need Social Rehabilitation for it.
Assessing your needs
Assessment of your Social Rehabilitation needs will cover:
- how independent you were before the injury or illness, and how independent you are now
- how the injury or illness limits you, and how Social Rehabilitation may reasonably address this
- what goals may reasonably be met by Social Rehabilitation
- how Social Rehabilitation may help you back to work (if you qualify for Vocational Rehabilitation).
Reassessing your needs
If you get Social Rehabilitation, we’ll reassess it from time-to-time. Reassessment will cover:
- relevant changes in your situation and health
- impact these changes may have on your ability to meet agreed Social Rehabilitation goals
- changes needed to the Social Rehabilitation services you’re getting.
Needs we can address
We’ll do all we reasonably can to help you regain your pre-injury independence, as far as you can. This might cover:
- Communication (speech, language, memory, concentration, assertiveness, anger management, people skills, number skills, communication technology)
- Decision-making (for dealing with day-to-day life)
- Finances (budgeting, banking, making payments)
- Health (for example, managing medicines)
- Home tasks (cleaning, laundry, making meals, shopping)
- Motivation (initiative and confidence)
- Safety (personal and physical safety at home, keeping safe generally)
- Sexuality (intimacy, relationships, sexual and emotional needs)
- Transport (using it independently).
Services we can fund
Services we may fund include:
- aids & appliances (hearing)
- aids & appliance (other)
- transport for independence
- training for independence
- attendant care
- child care
- home help
- home modifications.
We may fund other services where suitable. To be funded, any service must be all the following:
- high-quality, and normally offered by rehabilitation providers
- needed (as a direct result of the condition qualifying you for rehabilitation)
- suited to your agreed rehabilitation goals
- set out in Your Plan (if you have one).
- Rehabilitation (general): social & vocational rehabilitiaton
- Medical travel: travel for assessment, treatment & rehabilitation
- Veterans' Independence Programme: support to stay independent in your home
- Veterans' Support Act (external link) (NZ Legislation website): sections 27(2), 47(2), 51, 59(1), 100, 115, 120-124, 212; and Schedule 2 clauses 7-17