Choosing the best care option

The decision to enter aged-care is not one to be taken lightly and there is assistance to help ease the burden.

For many, aged care conjures up images of cold, lonely facilities with row of beds, filled by residents who have no-one to care for them. The reality is often far from this image and aged care can be provided through different means. Anyone who considers that they, or someone they care for is in need of additional care, should discuss their circumstances with their own doctor, who will be able to advise if an assessment by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) is required.

ACATs are usually based within a hospital or community centre and consist of qualified individuals who can assess the level of care required. Aged care can often be provided at home, even for complex cases.

If it is deemed that residential care best suits your needs, the ACAT can approve high-level care in a nursing home or low-level care in a hostel. Depending on your needs, the ACAT can assist with finding you a suitable aged care facility in your region.

To make an appointment with an ACAT, you can do so via your own doctor or contact a Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre by calling 1800 052 222 or click YOURLifeChoices link to Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres.