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ACAT/ACAS assessment
The ACAT (in Victoria - ACAS) carries out an assessment of an older person's care needs (usually in the person's home or in hospital) and to discuss what support services are needed and available in the person's area.
Accommodation payment
An amount payable on entry to an aged care home or extra service place. Payment amounts can vary from care home to care home and from room to room and are set depending on the accommodation type and features of the home.
Accreditation
Residential aged care services must be accredited by the independent Australian Aged Care Quality Agency to receive Government funding. Accreditation is granted to residential aged care homes that comply with legislated Accreditation Standards. They are required to meet all standards and outcomes for quality of care and quality of life in their provision of residential care.
Aged care assessment service (ACAS)
For Victoria only, all other states - please see ACAT. The Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) helps the elderly and their carers determine what kind of support will best meet their needs when they are struggling in their current living situation. The team, often comprising a doctor, nurse, social worker and occupational therapist, will ask the client a series of questions to determine the best care options available, either at home or in a residential aged care home.
Aged care assessment team (ACAT)
The Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) helps the elderly and their carers determine what kind of support will best meet their needs when they are struggling in their current living situation. The team, often comprising a doctor, nurse, social worker and occupational therapist, will ask the client a series of questions to determine the best care options available, either at home or in a residential aged care home.
Aged care funding instrument (ACFI)
The Aged care funding instrument (ACFI) is used to measure the level of care each resident needs, based on activities of daily living, residents behaviour and complex health care. Outcomes are then used to allocate Australian Government subsidy to residential aged care providers to care for the residents.
Aged care homes
When a person is no longer able to live independently at home they may live in an aged care home which is approved by the Australian Government. This type of accommodation may also be referred to as nursing home, aged care facility or residential aged care.
Aged care on-site
The retirement village has a residential aged care facility at the same location.
Ageing in place
When living in an aged care home, care needs may increase over time. Ageing in place means a resident is not required to move to another facility when their care needs become higher.
Assisted & supported living
May offer a similar service to that of a Government funded residential aged care facility but are privately funded. Assisted & Supported Living sites are state registered service providers. An ACAT/ACAS assessment is not required.
Australian Aged Care Quality Agency
Independent agency responsible for assessing and accrediting aged care homes before they can access Government funding.

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