Residential aged care facilities – The basics of ACATs

When you start your journey of finding the best residential aged care facilities for your elderly loved ones, the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) is a good place to start with. An ACAT can help in determining the kind of care needed once your elderly loved one is no longer able to manage at home without assistance.

Your family doctor can refer you to the local ACAT where the assessment for your elderly loved one can be completed. Referrals can be made by hospital social workers, residential facilities, local community service providers or by family and friends.

The guidance offered by the ACAT helps in determining the type of care which best meet the needs of your elderly loved one and helps in making a choice between an aged care home, home assistance, respite care or residential aged care facilities. The entire assessment is Government funded and hence there are no charges for ACATs.