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ACAT Assessment

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.

  • “My mother passed away after nearly nine years at Mountainview as a high care resident. I just wanted to say that the staff were wonderful and treated her with respect and dignity. Over the years, as to be expected, we occasionally had issues that needed sorting and they would get straight onto it. I cannot recommend Mountainview highly enough. My mum had no choice but to go into high care following a stroke so initially was distressed at being there, but the love, friendship and laughter provided on a daily basis by staff, residents and relatives meant that she was happy in the last few years of her life. Thank you Mountainview.”

    Penrith – Sharon M (August 2017)

  • “I moved my parents from another facility to Hardi Aged Care at Seven Hills one year ago. It is the best thing that I have done for my parents.In my opinion I say that they moved from a backyard soccer coach to the institute of sport! They want for nothing. They are both in the extra services unit. They each have their own spacious rooms with bathrooms attached. There is a lovely dining hall on the same level, below is another dining hall/lounge room and outside is a lovely garden. Mum and Dad want for nothing.The staff at Hardis are all nice and treat my parents with the respect and love they deserve. All the staff from cleaning, kitchen, maintenance, reception, nursing, laundry, lifestyle staff and management all treat each resident with the same level of love and respect and I believe this is what sets this nursing home apart from all the rest. I am really thankful that Hardis was recommended to me as I do believe that if I had not moved both my parents they would not be here today.”

    Seven Hills – Cornelia Cole (May, 2017)

  • “I would like to thank all of staff looking after my mother Carol. Your team in this area go the next level in caring and I would recommend this nursing home to anyone who asked me. I would like to say a big thank you for all of the help and kind nature all your team has given my mother.”

    Blacktown – Daran Halkett (August, 2016)

  • “My dear friends, what can I say but thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Everybody at your lovely aged care home has been playing well above their weight when it comes to the care that Peter was provided with, I can name a few individuals such as John, Amy, and Greer but everybody knows the list is much larger than that, especially me! Not much else to say except for a very very big heartfelt thankyou to all your staff at Mountainview. The best aged care facility in the world.”

    Neil Temporini (September 2018)

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