b.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 care professional in the area of seniors care. ACAT is responsible for deciding who is eligible for placement in an aged care facility and if you are entitled to received subsidised aged care. The assessment involves investigating a person’s mental, physical and social situation.
The ACAT assessment is provided by the Government free of charge. Once you have been assessed, 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.
You may contact ACAT directly by visiting www.myagedcare.gov.au for contact details of your local ACAT, or the Aged Care Information Line on 1800 200 422. Your local doctor may also assist you in arranging an ACAT assessment.