All incoming care recipients must be assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)
To access funding for any aged care package, an assessment of your situation and needs must be performed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). This is the case whether you are looking to remain living at home, transition from a hospital stay, move into residential care, or are a carer in need of respite services.
To be eligible for approval as a Residential or Community care recipient, a person must have significant care needs that can be appropriately met through the provision of a particular type of care.
A person is eligible if:
- They have physical, medical, social or psychological needs that require the provision of care; and
- Those needs cannot be met more appropriately through generic care services.
What is the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)?
The ACAT is generally made up of a range of health professionals with experience in aged care. The Australian Government engage State and Territory Governments to manage ACAT services.
Assessments by ACATs are funded by the Government, and do not cost you anything.
How do I contact an ACAT?
To find the ACAT closest to you, simply:
- Call MyAgedCare on 1800 200 422
- Use the ACAT finder on the MyAgedCare website or ask your doctor.