Dementia Care Site Map
Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS)

 

When would I contact the Aged Care Assessment Team?

An Aged Care Assessment should be considered when support is required to remain at home.  

 

The role of the Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) is to comprehensively assess the needs of the person with dementia in their home setting and assist them to gain access to the most appropriate types of care needed.

 

People may be referred for Home and Community Care or a Home Care Package, for assistance to remain living at home.  Or, where appropriate referred for residential support.  This may be temporary (respite) allowing the person with dementia and/or their carer to take a break or permanent if that is desired.

 

An ACAS assessment of a person's care needs includes:

  • Medical issues and concerns
  • Activities of daily living including personal care and domestic activities
  • Formal and informal support networks
  • Carer needs and concerns
  • Client wishes, strengths and needs

 

An ACAS assessment is mandatory for entry to Commonwealth funded residential care facilities, the Transition Care program and Commonwealth Home Care Packages.

 

Carers are encouraged to be at the assessment, and referrals can be made to support the carer as required

 

More information can be found at the My Aged Care website.

Contact details:

 

Agency name

Address

Contact details

 

Gippsland Regional Aged Care Assessment Service

Latrobe Community Health Service

81-87 Buckley Street, Morwell, VIC 3840

1800 242 696 www.lchs.com.au info@lchs.com.au

 

Assessments are undertaken by local teams

When referring please indicate:

 

  • Purpose of referral / reason for assessment
  • Up to date medical information indicating that health status is stable, including medications
  • If Client consent has been gained
  • Formal and informal supports
  • Contact details for appointment if carer / other family member
  • Need for an interpreter / preferred communication method