Before receiving care at any government subsidised residential aged care facility, individuals must undergo an ACAT Assessment.
ACAT stands for Aged Care Assessment Team. The ACAT provide a free service to accurately assess your current situation, including any specific health concerns, or other individual needs you may have.
ACATs are multi-dimensional teams of allied health professionals. They may include doctors, registered nurses and social workers, who work together to identify the best services for, and the individual care needs of, the person being assessed. ACAT assessments can take place in the existing home environment and if necessary, they can also be done in a clinical setting, for example, during a hospital stay.
During your ACAT assessment, the ACAT member will discuss any current health concerns or diagnoses you have, the services being used, how you manage daily activities and whether you use any mobility devices. They will also discuss different options for care and any other things that you feel that you may need further assistance with. With permission, the ACAT member may also contact your regular doctor to get a deeper understanding of your medical needs and history.
After your ACAT assessment takes place, you will be given an Aged Care Client Record (ACCR/NSAF, sometimes referred to as a 3020). This is what the aged care facilities you are apply to need to look at to get better understanding of your situation and needs as a prospective resident, which then determines the availability of a suitable vacancy.
Arranging an ACAT assessment can be done after a doctor’s referral, or by contacting your local ACAT office directly. For further information on these assessments, or to locate your local ACAT office you can call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or visit their website.