What information do we require in order to make a residential aged care decision?

A guardian has a right to all information necessary to make an informed decision (as per s.44 of the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000). For residential aged care decisions, the information required usually includes (but is not limited to):

  • ACAT assessment
  • medical history including any functional, OT or specialist assessments
  • social history including any supportive relationships in the person’s life, the person’s accommodation history, and their views and wishes about their accommodation and care
  • current or previous community supports received, either funded or unfunded
  • details of any return-to-home trials undertaken and/or other accommodation options explored
  • applications/approvals for home care package or other in-home supports
  • eligibility for funded disability supports (for people under 65 years)
  • confirmation from the person’s financial administrator about their ability to pay for the proposed placement.