An advisory group for the families of people with intellectual disabilities says they are being left to fend for themselves.
Two unqualified caregivers have been sentenced in the High Court in Auckland to more than 11 years in prison for the manslaughter of Patricia Joseph, 39, in January 2008. Her body was dumped in the Wairoa River.
Her family had privately arranged for the couple to care for her.
Care NZ says private arrangements are commonplace, but families need to be careful as there is a shortage of skilled carers.