Most families go through a confusing time whenever a loved one needs an entry to residential aged care. The good news is, your local Aged Case Assessment Teams in SA will help you get started on your journey to aged care. The first thing you need to do when you are considering moving to a residential aged care facility is to visit your local Aged Care Assessment Team or ‘ACAT’ as they are known.
The Aged Care Assessment Teams in SA or Adelaide are usually located near hospitals and assessment is done by a doctor, nurse, or a social worker. They are the ones who will determine if you are eligible for aged care. Though they might suggest several aged care facilities in your area that are suitable for you, your family is still the one responsible for arranging your entry to your chosen residential aged care facility.
Whether you think that staying in a nursing home is for you or not, it is important that you still consult with ACAT because they can help you assess what kind of Home Care packages you might need. Several types of services are offered in Home Care packages, including, but not limited to:
- Personal services – help in daily personal routines such as bathing, dressing, and mobility
- Support services – general help with basic house maintenance such as cleaning, washing and ironing, or transport for doing groceries and visiting your doctor
- Clinical care – involves nursing and health care support like physiotherapy
Trigger events that require immediate attention of ACAT
While you need an ACAT assessment when you want to access aged care services or receive certain home services, there are some trigger events that require immediate attention of your local ACAT. Get in touch with them as soon as possible if any of these events happen:
- Heart Attack
- A fall at home
- Early signs of dementia
- Recovering from surgery
In events like these, ACAT might recommend care alternatives like respite care, low level residential aged care, or high level residential aged care.
As soon as ACAT assesses and recommends you need aged care in any form, it is important that you seek financial advice right away. Adelaide Aged Care Financial Advisers is here to help you plan your finances and avoid common mistakes you could make on your aged care journey.