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The Aged Care Assessment (ACAT) Explained

  • An ACAT assessment is an assessment conducted by an Aged Care Assessment Team member. This is arranged via a referral to My Aged Care either by calling My Aged Care directly or being referred by a health professional such as your GP or community nurse.
  • An assessment through the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) can occur when the time comes that a person may need home care, access to an aged care home, transition care after hospital, or residential respite care.
  • The ACAT assessment will determine the level of care that will best meet your current needs.
  • It is intended to be a comprehensive and holistic assessment that is independent and client focused.
  • After the assessment you will receive a letter which will state which services you have been approved for including:
    • Residential aged care
    • Home care package Level 1, 2, 3 or 4
    • Certain forms of flexible care

If you disagree with your ACAT assessment, you can write to the Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Health, outlining your concerns regarding the outcome of your assessment. You have 28 days to do this from the date of your approval letter.

What If I'm A Self-Funded Retiree?

Although you are able to access services in the home and in the community on a privately funded basis, aged care homes are typically government subsidised and it is therefore a requirement to have an ACAT assessment and approval to access such aged care homes.

What To Expect During The Assessment

  • During an ACAT assessment you will develop a support plan with the assessor which is a record of your meeting. It will include some of the following information:
    • your strengths
    • your difficulties
    • your goals
    • any preferences that you have for services
  • During the assessment, the assessor might enquire about the following information:
    • Current health status
    • Health history
    • Any physical limitations that you may have
    • Your current mental health status
    • Your social needs
    • Any support that you have available or in place
    • Any other current needs that you may require support for
  • You can express your goals and needs in the assessment too. If you think of any matters that you would like to discuss, it is a good idea to make a list and have it with you at the assessment.
  • Remember that you can always have a support person (such as your child, community nurse or close friend) with you when you are having your assessment.

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