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ACAT Assessment

My mother is 97 and suffering from dementia. She lives alone , has had RAS assessment, for two hours social help per week, but refuses to have the ACAT assessment so I cannot access any further help. What can I do?

agedcare101

Hi Molly,

Thanks for your question.  You’re right.  This is a tricky one and you may need kid gloves.  The bottom line is if you don’t have both an Enduring guardian and Enduring power of attorney, then legally you are not in a strong point. If you have ever called the My Aged Care call centre, the first question they will ask you when they realise you are calling on behalf of someone else is “do you have the authority to call on their behalf?”  You can read more about Enduring guardian and Enduring power of attorney here:

https://www.agedcare101.com.au/aged-care/get-set/legal-permission-act-someone%E2%80%99s-behalf

Having said that, there are some suggestions we can offer.  As you recognise, this is a very important issue, so with some sweet talking and hand holding we believe you have to continue to press on with the point.

On our website, we cover how you can have the conversation about aged care and some tips as to how to approach it.  You can find that here:

https://www.agedcare101.com.au/aged-care/get-set/facing-aged-care

You could try to get her reassessed with the RAS team.  You could point out to your mother that this is the help that she is already receiving but you are just trying to provider her more than 2 hours a week.  If the RAS team feel that she needs an ACAT, they will be in a stronger position to help you set that up. 

You may also find that some more information about the ACAT may help relax your mother’s opinion of having one done.  On our site we have dedicated a whole section to what will and won’t happen during an ACAT.  Things like ‘yes you can have a friend or family member with you so it is not so overwhelming’.  ‘No the ACAT team will not take you from your home in fact nothing will happen without your permission’.  You can find it here:

https://www.agedcare101.com.au/aged-care/get-assessed/what-expect-the-acat-assessment

We hope this helps,
The agedcare101 team

Alec18

A question. My mother has dementia and my father is her carer. It appears likely, sooner rather than later, she will have to go into some sort of care as my father is struggling to provide the care she needs. My father wants to go into an aged care facility with her, in a double room. My mother has a ACAT assessment. My father doesn't. It is likely that any assessment would result in him being eligible for care, but of a much less intense nature than my Mother. Should they both go into care together, before an ACAT assessment is done, would the government subsidy for their care be backdated to the day they both went into care? Thanks

agedcare101

Hi Alec,

Thanks for your question.  Sorry with the slight delay to respond.  We had to ask for some help from the wonderful Robert Craven from Affinity Aged Care Financial Services.

We would recommend that your father contact MyAgedCare as soon as possible to request an ACAT. Phone 1800 200 422.

It would also be a good idea to speak to his GP as he/she may be able to prioritise the request. 

The facility will not receive any Government subsidy prior to the ACAT approval.  Normally, facilities won’t consider an application before an ACAT has been completed.  

That said, it could ask if they would be prepared to offer him an ‘off-line’ bed in the interim.  If they do, he could expect to pay somewhere in the region of $300 to $350 per day.

We hope this helps,

The agedcare101 team

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