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Getting an assessment
- What is an assessment?
- What will happen at an ACAT assessment?
- What should I do before the assessment?
- What happens at the assessement?
- What happens when the assessment is finished?
- Will the assessment cost anything?
- What do I do next?
- What if I am unhappy with the result of my assessment?
(more information) to help you find out:
- the type of help you need, and
- what help is available.
The team member will discuss with you whether:
- community help will enable you to keep living at home, or whether
- your care needs would be better met through an aged care home.
- You might want to ask a family member, friend or carer to be present during your assessment.
- It’s helpful to make a list of your current medication before the assessment.
They may leave a copy of a written assessment with you, or post it to you, along with the letter explaining the reasons for their decision. This assessment will show whether you are eligible to enter an aged care home (residential care (more information)) or to receive publicly-funded help at home (community care (more information)) packages such as Community Aged Care Packages (CACP) (more information), Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) (more information) and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACH D) (more information). You should keep your copy of the assessment document – it is your approval for care. Your ACAT member may also refer you to services or leave you with other information about local services that may be able to help out.
Next step: Find an aged care home using the Aged Care Home Finder
Next step: Find community care services using the Community Care Service Finder
Note: If the ACAT assessment states that you are approved for care, you are not obliged to obtain that care if you do not wish to.