How long do you need to wait to be assessed for aged care?
It all depends on where you live, according to new data released by the Department of Health and Aged Care.
The figures have revealed that people typically waited 17 days to be assessed for aged care in 2022-23 with longer waits for some pushing the average up to 35.6 days.
However, these numbers varied according to region.
“The median wait time for ‘low’ priority cases in the community was 35 days,” said Tim Hicks (pictured), Executive General Manager, Policy and Advocacy, at Bolton Clarke, Australia’s largest Not For Profit aged care provider.
Tim Hicks Executive General Manager, Policy and Advocacy, at Bolton Clarke, Australia’s largest Not For Profit aged care provider.
Why the difference?
Tim attributes the longer wait times to lower rates of assessments in certain areas.
But there was good news.
Wait times were shorter for higher priority cases, and for people assessed in hospital settings.
And remember: if you or a loved one does need access to aged care urgently, there are options available.
The Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) can fast track your assessment if your case is deemed to be a high priority.
There is also transition care – which provides short-term specialised care after a hospital stay like nursing, physiotherapy, and personal care – and emergency respite.
For more information, call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.