The ACAT assessment facilitates access to government-funded aged care services, such as Home Care Packages, residential aged care homes, short-term accommodation and respite care. This comprehensive evaluation process helps tailor personalized care plans best suited to individuals' unique circumstances.
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The ACAT assessment is a comprehensive evaluation conducted by the Australian government organisation 'My Aged Care' to determine an individual's eligibility for government-funded aged care services. It aims to ensure that individuals receive the most appropriate and tailored care based on their assessed needs.
To check your eligibility for an assessment, you (or your carer) can:
If eligible for subsidised aged care, My Aged Care website will prompt you to apply online for an assessment.
To apply for an assessment:
With your permission, a family member, friend, or carer can complete your application online or talk on your behalf. If you have previously registered with My Aged Care, you cannot apply for an assessment online and will need to call My Aged Care.
For RAS assessment, you’re usually told at the end of your assessment if approved for the CHSP funding.
For ACAT assessments, you will receive a copy of the assessment outcome and recommendations within a few weeks after the assessment takes place. The assessors provide a written report that outlines:
Once deemed eligible through an assessment:
You will need to undergo an income test if you are eligible for:
The income and assets assessment calculates the level of government subsidy you may be eligible for and the maximum fees you can be asked to pay towards the cost of your aged care services.
Once your assessment is complete, Services Australia will send you a Pre-commencement Letter that tells you if you need to pay a means tested care fee and/or accommodation costs. Take this letter with you to any discussions that you have with potential aged care homes to help you understand the cost of living in their home.
Note: You can get your means assessed at any time, even before you enter care. However, the outcome is only valid for 3 months. If you don’t enter care during this time, you will need to complete another assessment.
Whether you decide to choose Wesley Mission Queensland as your provider or if you prefer to explore approved services through My Aged Care website, make sure you:
Remember, you will only have 56 days to choose a service provider once you are assigned a package. So don't wait, call us today on 1800 448 448 to discuss your needs and explore our services.
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Understanding how to prepare for a face-to-face ACAT assessment can help streamline the process and ensure you get the most out of this crucial process.
Compile a list of relevant information and documents you will need to take with you:
What aspects of your life would you like to improve? Maybe you wish to maintain or improve your independence, remain in your home for as long as possible, address particular health concerns, address difficulties with daily living activities and mobility at home and in the community, strengthen social connections or seek new activities within your community.
Involving close friends, family and carers in the aged care planning process can be beneficial. They may offer valuable insights to facilitate informed decisions about your individual care needs, as well as emotional support and encouragement.
During the assessment, don't hesitate to ask questions or seek clarification if something is unclear. The assessor is there to assist you.
My Aged Care is a government agency designed to assist individuals and their families in navigating the aged care system in Australia. The ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Team) are specialised teams of healthcare professionals that conduct assessments as part of the My Aged Care process. These assessments determine an individual's eligibility and care needs for government-funded aged care services provided through My Aged Care.
The ACAT assessment is conducted by a team of qualified health professionals. The team may include nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, or other relevant specialists. They possess the expertise and training to assess aged care needs and determine eligibility for aged care services.
An ACAT assessor might ask you about:
Yes, you will receive a copy of the ACAT assessment outcome and recommendations. The assessors provide a written report that outlines the assessment findings, your eligibility for aged care services and the level of care recommended. This report helps you understand the outcome of the assessment and guides your access to appropriate aged care services.
Once deemed eligible through an ACAT assessment, you will be placed on the government’s national waiting list until you are assigned a package. To find information on your place on the national waitlist and your expected wait time:
For most people, the expected wait times for approved Home Care Package levels are as follows:
An ACAT assessment plays a crucial role in determining the appropriate level of government funding and subsidies for aged care services available to you. We’ve listed below the common funding types associated with an ACAT assessment.
If your ACAT assessment determines that you require care and support to remain living independently at home, you may be eligible for a Home Care Package. Home Care Packages are government-funded programs that provide a range of services tailored to your specific needs and preferences. The level of funding (from Level 1 to Level 4) will depend on the assessed level of care required. With a HCP, you benefit from being able to use one provider for all your aged care services, depending on your circumstances.
If your ACAT assessment indicates that you require a higher level of care and support in a residential aged care facility (nursing home), you may be eligible for government funding in this setting. The ACAT assessment helps determine the appropriate level of care and subsidy you may receive for residential aged care services.
If your ACAT assessment determines that you have basic or entry-level care needs, you may be eligible for support through the Commonwealth Home Support Program. The CHSP offers a range of lower-level support services to help you remain living independently in your own home. With a CHSP, you will have to use multiple providers depending on your requirements. For more information, read 'Differences between the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and Home Care Packages (HCP)'.
Depending on your specific circumstances and needs, the ACAT assessment may also identify other funding options or programs that could be suitable for you. These may include the Queensland Community Support Scheme (QCSS), respite care funding, transition care funding, or specific funding for individuals with particular conditions or circumstances.
During the ACAT assessment, the assessors will discuss your eligibility for different funding types based on the level of care required and your personal circumstances. They will provide guidance and information about the funding options available to you, including any associated costs or fees.
It's important to note that the availability and specific details of funding types can vary, and the final determination of your eligibility and funding will depend on the assessment outcome and the policies in place at the time of your assessment. It is recommended to consult with the ACAT team or contact My Aged Care for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding funding eligibility and options.