- My Aged Care is the one place you are required to contact if you wish to receive Government subsidised for aged care services
- Once you have been assessed, you should receive a referral code to pass onto providers to get aged care services
- My Aged Care is accessible via their phone call centre, however, they have recently added an online form to their website
It is considered the “starting point” to all Government funded aged care services.
The service can help you find information about subsidised aged care options including the different types of Government funded services available, eligibility for those services and the associated costs.
To receive the assistance you, a family member, carer or client representative need to register your details with My Aged Care.
You need to have an aged care assessment to determine your support needs before you can access any Government subsidised services.
My Aged Care then assigns you with an Aged Care user ID and keeps a central client record which includes your assessed needs and the Government funded care services being provided.
What help can I get?
To help you live independently in your own home and community for as long as possible there are a number of support options available.
Depending on your personal situation and the level of assistance you need, you may be entitled to in home support through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) or a Home Care Package.
Services range from basic, low level support to more intensive, high level assistance but anything that helps you stay independent for longer can make a difference.
Care at home services could include help with personal care such as dressing, transport to appointments, nursing, help with meals and shopping, household jobs like cleaning or gardening, home modifications and mobility equipment, or access to social activities.
Short term support services such as respite care or access to the Transition Care Program can also be accessed through My Aged Care, for example while you recover from a hospital stay, or if you or your carer requires a break.
If your circumstances change to the point where living at home is no longer viable, My Aged Care can help access Government funded residential aged care that provides you with a supportive environment with 24 hour care.
All this will be sorted through an ACAT/S or RAS assessment, which you need to organise through My Aged Care.
You can visit the website the My Aged Care website to find out what you may need before you contact My Aged Care or have an ACAT visit.
Aged care assessment
Once you are registered with My Aged Care, an aged care assessment will determine what type and how much support you need.
Based on the information you provide over the phone the My Aged Care customer service operator will organise an assessment through the Regional Assessment Service (RAS), or an Aged Care Assessment Team/Service (ACAT/S).
This is a face to face assessment with a medical professional to identify if you require entry level support at home or more comprehensive help.
If the information you provide during a call with the My Aged Care contact centre shows you require low-level support to stay at home, they will recommend a RAS home support assessment.
The outcome from a RAS assessment can lead to a variety of services under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).
If the contact centre believes you require more than what the CHSP can provide, a more comprehensive assessment is undertaken by an ACAT/S assessor.
The ACAT/S assessor will determine whether you require a Home Care Package of some level, short term care options, or need to move into an aged care home.
The outcome of your assessment is based on your needs at the time of the face to face visit. If your circumstances change in the future, you will need to organise a reassessment through My Aged Care.
Once you’ve been assessed by a RAS or ACAT/ACAS assessor you should be given a referral code.
The service provider of your choice will require this referral code to access your information and manage the referral.
The referral code is a five digit number, linked to the type of service you are eligible to access.
If you need the support of multiple services, you will need multiple referral codes, one for each service.
If you are not given a referral code make sure you ask for one so you can discuss your needs with your preferred service provider.
If you have been found eligible for a Home Care Package there may be a wait time before a suitable package becomes available.
Depending on how long it takes to receive a package and the level of care you require, you may be provided with CHSP funding to fill the gap while waiting.
You will receive a letter from My Aged Care to advise you when you have been allocated an available package and will start receiving funding for services.
Once you have a referral code you are free to start looking for a suitable service provider.
How to contact My Aged Care
There are two ways you can contact My Aged Care, depending on your preference, by phone or online.
You can call the My Aged Care contact centre 1800 200 422. The centre is available from Monday to Friday between 8 am to 8 pm, and also on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.
The contact centre is not available on Sundays or on national public holidays.
If you are contacting My Aged Care from overseas, dial +61 2 6289 1555 during the office hours.
You are able to get someone to speak to My Aged Care on your behalf if necessary or have your doctor help you through the process.
If you are from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background (CALD) or are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) person and require a translation or interpreting service, you can call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450 and ask for 1800 200 422.
If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can utilise the National Relay Service or call the NRS Helpdesk on 1800 555 677 and ask for 1800 200 422.
Alternatively, the My Aged Care website also provides information about aged care and the available Government funded aged care providers and services. Visit myagedcare.gov.au to find out more.
An independent information source like AgedCareGuide.com.au can give a comprehensive overview of all care options and care providers available, and can assist you in your search for the right provider to suit your needs.
The AgedCareGuide.com.au also has an extensive list of providers and services that can help you find the best fit for the care or support you require.
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