It is inevitable, we all grow up at some point, and when we do start to age we may need assistance in different aspects of our lives. When this does occur you hope that your family, potentially your adult children, will help you get the care you need. This will mean that you can live out the rest of your days in peace and knowing you are properly looked after.
You may not be at that stage yet, but potentially have a family member that needs proper care in their older years. The good news these days is that your loved one may be eligible for government funding. Although in order to understand whether they qualify for the funding or not, they have to go through an ACAT assessment in Sydney. This is where a qualified individual will learn about your loved one’s situation.
While you may not think you need to order an ACAT assessment for your loved one yet, it is important to note that the process of getting funding can be quite lengthy, up to a year, so you may want to start the process a little earlier than you originally thought. Before the ACAT assessment it is important that both you and your family member is ready, so have a read on below on the best ways to prepare for the assessment:
ACAT assessments in Sydney, or wherever you are located, can be a slightly stressful time for your loved one. So, it is important that you not try to change too much of their normal routine and try to leave their home the same. By all means, if it is a little messy and could use a clean, that is all fine. But what you don’t want to do is go making major changes to the way things are, like getting new furniture, or moving stuff around.
It is important that you provide the ACAT assessor with a realistic few of what your loved one had to deal with every day within their home. A classic example of this is if there are stairs in your loved ones’ place that they are no longer able to walk up. This would mean that effectively half of their property they are now unable to access, due to their age.
While the ACAT assessor will have some information about your family members’ health on file, it is important that you also talk with your loved one to get a full understanding of their health as well. Sometimes your loved one may just simply forget certain aspects, or be trying to hide that they are in better shape than they actually are.
It could even be a good idea for your loved one to go to the doctor before the assessment, as doctors have a very good understanding of what is usually asked and brought up during the assessment. If your loved one is particularly forgetful, then it is a good idea to write the information down.
Yes, the health of your loved one is probably the most important thing the ACAT assessor is looking at, but another important aspect is your family members’ finances. So, it is important that you have a full understanding of their current financial position, as this is a major factor that goes into determining whether or not they are able to get the funding. It is important that you help your loved one collect all the relevant information like income, pension, and any investments they may have.