Asset limits for Social Welfare financial means assessment
The principle underpinning social welfare law is that people should not receive assistance from the state when they have the resources to support themselves.
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) assesses whether a person aged 65 or over is eligible for a residential care subsidy on the basis of the value of his or her assets and financial means.
The amount of the increase in the applicable asset value thresholds is inflation-adjusted in accordance with the Consumer Price Index.
The thresholds for the year 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 are set at two different levels. Threshold A is $218,598.00 and applies to every resident assessed as requiring care: (a) who has no spouse or partner; or (b) whose spouse or partner is also a resident assessed as requiring care; or (c) whose spouse or partner is not a resident assessed as requiring care but who has elected to have Threshold A apply to him or her rather than Threshold B. Threshold B is $119,709.00 and applies to every resident assessed as requiring care: (a) whose spouse or partner is not a resident assessed as requiring care; and (b) who has not elected to have Threshold A apply to him or her. The thresholds represent value of assets. Certain assets are exempt: household furniture and personal belongings, up to $10,000.00 of pre-paid funeral expenses, and, if Option B is elected, the home and car.
Assets not included in the assessment are personal effects and an allowance of $10,000.00 for pre-paid funeral expenses.
So if the value of the home is under this amount as you describe then the payments dont need to come from his share. You need to provide the financial information including the last valuation to show this.