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What Happens In An Aged Care Assessment?

An aged care assessor will visit you at home or chat to you online about how you are going, your current situation, how your health is, what your current lifestyle looks like and how you are managing with daily tasks around the house. By finding out this information, they will be able to then recommend the right services and plan for your specific needs.

They might talk with you about the service providers in your area and may even send a referral directly to the provider that you choose. They can also give you lots of information about the costs associated with aged care services and where you can find out more about this. You can also use the time during your assessment to ask any questions you might have, any concerns you have and any cultural requirements they need to be aware of.

You might like to have a member of your family or a friend with you during the assessment.

Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic, most aged care assessments are being undertaken over the phone or by video.

What do you need to have ready for an assessment?

You will need to have:

  • Your identifcation - your Medicare card and one other form or ID
  • Medical and care information and records - referrals, contact details and support information
  • Any support people you might like present, such as a family member, a trusted friend, or a translator
  • Any questions or information you would like to discuss about your care needs

Does an assessment cost anything?

No. The assessment is free of charge.

Questions you can ask the assesor

Some questions you might like to ask the aged care assessor include:

  • What services are available to help me reach my goals?
  • What services are available locally, and what are the waiting times?
  • What supports are there for my carer?
  • Are there service providers that speak my language or represent my religious or cultural beliefs?
  • How can I contact the assessor if I have any questions after the assessment?

Source: My Aged Care

And don't forget, using your home care package on care workers from the Careseekers platform means you will get more hours without spending more of your package.

To find aged care services, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/services/aged-care-workers

To become a care or support worker, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/carer

To find disability support services, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/services/disability-support-workers

To make a referral, please visit https://www.careseekers.com.au/referrals