5 Steps into Residential Aged Care
FAQ's on Eligibility and ACATs Assessment
The Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) are a group of medical and allied health professionals who assess the physical, health, psychological and social needs of elderly Australians. ACAT members include doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and social workers.
An ACAT assessment is an assessment conducted by ACAT that determines the type and degree of care that a person considering aged care services such as residential aged care, transitional care or respite care needs. This assessment is for those wanting to find out if they are eligible for subsidised aged care services.
Based on this assessment, ACAT will recommend the most necessary care services and government support available to them.
To check if you are eligible for an ACAT assessment you can call My Aged Care at 1800 200 422 or apply online at https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/assessment/apply-online
You can apply for an ACAT assessment in the link provided below
From your date of application, ACAT assessments can take anywhere between 2 days to 6 weeks depending on the urgency of your situation.
To prepare for an assessment, you will need:
• A Medicare card and one additional ID
• Any referrals from your GP.
• Contact details of your GP and any other health professionals involved in your care.
• To consider your own needs, conditions and any aged care services that interest you.
• To consider if you would like a person to support you or an interpreter.
There are no fees or costs to have an ACAT assessment.