Aged Care Assessment (ACAT) Explained
Who are ACAT?
The Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) works with you to determine the level of care that will best meet your individual needs, then notify you of the services you have been approved for.
The ACAT assessment is the first step when considering home care, aged care facilities, residential respite care, or transition care after the hospital. Most aged care facilities are government subsidised so an ACAT approval is required before you can access these homes.
How do I arrange an ACAT assessment?
You can call the My Aged Care contact centre directly or get a referral from a health care professional.
What can I expect during an ACAT assessment?
An ACAT assessment typically takes an hour where they will work with you to develop a support plan that includes personal preferences as to the care you want and what you need support with.
They might ask questions about:
- health and medical history
- physical requirements and how you do everyday activities
- mental health and how you are feeling
- social needs including your family and friend networks
- current support you have in place
- other special needs or concerns
You will be able to ask questions and not be forced to make a decision on the day.