The Department of Health (DoH) has received a number of enquiries from providers about when an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessment is required. A subsidy cannot be paid to an approved provider for providing care to a person, unless the person is approved under the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act) as a care recipient. An ACAT assessment is required if a person is seeking access to aged care services that are funded under the Act, such as:
- Residential Care
- Flexible Care in the form of Transition Care or Short Term Restorative Care
- Residential Respite Care
- a Home Care Package
For a provider to claim subsidy for a Home Care Package, the care recipient has to also have been assigned a Home Care Package and entered into a Home Care Agreement with a provider before the take-up deadline. More information can be found on the department’s website.