Aged Care Glossary

When looking for services to support you or a family member, you will come across vocabulary which can be quite unfamiliar. Many of these terms are used regularly by health professionals or people working in aged care.

Aged Care Glossary

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Assets assessment

An evaluation of assets to see if someone qualifies for government assistance

An evaluation of assets to see if someone qualifies for government assistance
Ageing in place

An aged care facility that allows residents to move to differing levels of care, without having to move elsewhere.

An aged care facility that allows residents to move to differing levels of care, without having to move elsewhere.
Allied Health Services

Occupational groups that provide clinical and other specialised services such as optical, dental, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and podiatry.

Occupational groups that provide clinical and other specialised services such as optical, dental, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and podiatry.
Accreditation

If an aged care provider is ‘accredited’ or has ‘accreditation’ they have been granted authority to provide services by the official review board, the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency (ACSAA). To be suitable for accreditation, a provider must meet the Accreditation Standards.

If an aged care provider is ‘accredited’ or has ‘accreditation’ they have been granted authority to provide services by the official review board, the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency (ACSAA). To be suitable for accreditation, a provider must meet the Accreditation Standards.
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

The basic activities of daily living are classified as:

Bathing

Dressing

Eating

Transferring

Continence

Toileting

 Grooming

Shopping 

The basic activities of daily living are classified as: Bathing Dressing Eating Transferring Continence Toileting  Grooming Shopping 
Accommodation bond

Money left as a deposit with a low care residential aged care facility as security.

Money left as a deposit with a low care residential aged care facility as security.
ACAT or ACAS

An Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) or an Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) are teams of government-funded health professionals who assess care needs of older Australians to help them access the most appropriate types of services available, and to assess eligibility for government-funded services.

An Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) or an Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) are teams of government-funded health professionals who assess care needs of older Australians to help them access the most appropriate types of services available, and to assess eligibility for government-funded services.