Aged Care & Rehabilitation Services

Aged Care Assessment Team

Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs) help older people and their carers work out what kind of care will best meet their needs when they are no longer able to manage at home without assistance. They can provide information on the range of services available in the local community and can help you or your carer to access these services, through information and/or referral. 

An ACAT assessment is required to access most aged care services subsidised by the Australian Government, including:

 

  • Admission to permanent residential aged care
  • Respite in a residential aged care facility*
  • Home Care Packages (Levels 1 - 4)
  • Transitional Aged Care Packages
  • Transitional Aged Care Unit.
 *    residential respite aged care can be either low-level care (previously known as hostel care) or high-level care (previously known as nursing home care). 
 
To undertake the assessment, a member of the local ACAT will visit you at home, in hospital or elsewhere to ask you a series of questions and discuss your options with you. You are welcome to have your usual carer or family member involved in this discussion. There are no fees charged for this assessment.
 
The staff within each ACAT will vary but may include:
  • Nurses;
  • Social workers;
  • Occupational therapists; and
  • Physiotherapists;
Anyone can contact an ACAT – either you, your carer or a health professional such as your doctor.
Referrals can be made by contacting the Access Care Team on 1300722276.