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Aged Care Glossary

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ACAT assessment

An ACAT assessment is an assessment of your care needs which is carried out by one or more members of your local Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). ACAT members would visit you in your home or in hospital to talk with you about what services you may need and what is available in your area.

Read more: About being assessed

Accommodation bond

Residents with sufficient assets who require low (hostel) level care or who enter an extra service place may be asked to pay a bond.

Accommodation charge

Residents with sufficient assets who require high (nursing home) level care (but not on an extra service basis) may be asked to pay an accommodation charge.

Accommodation payments

On entering permanent residential aged care, you may be asked to make an accommodation payment (either an accommodation bond or an accommodation charge) if you have sufficient assets. Only aged care homes that are certified can charge accommodation payments. Service providers are required to keep a number of places for people who cannot be asked for an accommodation payment.

Read more: About accommodation payments