To live in a residential aged care facility, a person must consult with and be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment team. (ACAT) to establish the level of care required. For more information you can call ACAT directly on 1800 052222. Essentially there are five steps to moving into aged care.
- Consultation with family doctor
- Obtain an ACAT assessment
- Find a residential aged care facility that suits your needs and requirements
- Complete entry pack
- Entry into aged care
What is an ACAT assessment?
An ACAT assessment is an evaluation by a member of your local Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) who is a health professional in the area of seniors care. ACAT is responsible for deciding who is eligible for placement in an aged care facility. The assessment involves investigation a person’s mental, physical and social situation. You may have someone with you during the assessment, such as a carer or family member, if you wish; you may instruct your doctor to provide your medical history to the ACAT representative. The assessment is provided by the Government free of charge.
Once you have made an appointment, a member of your local ACAT will visit you in your home or in hospital to assess your needs. The ACAT person will talk with you about what services you may need.
He or she will discuss the result of the assessment with you and arrange referrals to home care services or a place in residential care, if this is appropriate. The ACAT will provide you with an Aged Care Client Record (ACCR) which you will need to give to the residential aged care facility when applying.
Visit www.myagedcare.gov.au for contact details for your local ACAT or the Aged Care Information Line on 1800 500 853
Is any up-front payment needed?
No apart from normal rent payments
We are a couple, can we live together?
Yes, but we only have one room available
Who is eligible for respite care at Edward River Gardens?
Anybody older than 18 years, who does not have a history of anti-social behaviour
Can I come and go anytime?
Yes, but you must let us know for your personal safety
Are there any extra costs?
Yes, personal toiletries, some bus trips and some extra services may have a moderate but fair extra charge
Can I bring a pet?
No, but we do have a resident King Charles spaniel called “Molly”, who is everyone’s pet.