The criteria for entry to residential care is that the person has been assessed as having high or very high needs which are indefinite and cannot be safely met with a package of care in the community.
Before considering residential care, you should have a Needs Assessment. This ensures that:
A Needs Assessor will visit you at home or in hospital and talk with you about:
If it is not possible for you to stay safely at home, the assessor can authorise entry to residential care. The decision on residential care considers both needs assessment (interRAI) and clinical assessment (level of care).
To access Residential Care Subsidy you must have a clinical assessment recommending long-term care. The terms of the Aged Related Residential Care (ARRC) contract do not apply to residents who have not been needs assessed; this could mean that fees for contracted care services are not capped at ‘maximum contribution’ rates. The rest home / hospital must advise you in writing of these risks.
To get an assessment you can phone Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination Service (NASC), or your GP can refer. If you are in hospital, you can be seen in the ward.