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Term Definition
ACAT assessment A formal assessment of your health and care requirements conducted by a Government agency (called the Aged Care Assessment Team).
Accreditation Formal process to ensure an aged care facility meets Commonwealth Government standards.
Advocacy The process by which your rights and interests are represented by a person you have nominated.
Aged Care Quality Agency The Agency contracted by the Commonwealth Government to conduct accreditation assessments for residential aged care facilities.
Ageing in place The practice allowing a person to remain in the same residential site as their care needs increase.
Bond A now-defunct payment method for entry into aged care – aged care reforms in July 2014 replaced this payment method with new options – see the Government website My Aged Care for up to date information.
Domestic care Assistance with chores around your home which may include house cleaning, dish washing, gardening and unaccompanied shopping.
Fully accredited facility A residential facility that has passed independently assessed Commonwealth Government standards.
High care Government term used to define care for frail people who require assistance with all or most aspects of their daily life.
Home care Support provided in your own home.
Home care
level 1
Support provided in your home catering for people with basic needs.
Home care
level 2
Support provided in your home catering for people with low level care needs.
Home care
level 3
Support provided in your home catering for people with intermediate care needs.
Home care
level 4
Support provided in your home catering for people with high care needs.
Hydrotherapy Physical therapy in a pool.
Low care Government term used to define residential care for people who require assistance with some aspects of their daily life.
Memory support unit Secure residential accommodation within a residential site, to accommodate people who wander and may be at risk in relation to personal safety.
Occupational therapy Support and equipment to maintain physical independence and wellbeing for day-to-day living.
Personal care Care provided to a person which may include preparing meals, bathing, toileting, dressing and grooming.
Physiotherapy Therapy that uses exercise and massage to assist with physical rehabilitation.
Podiatry The care and maintenance of feet.
Police check A national summary of an individual’s offender history. Under the Aged Care Act 1997, all aged care employees and volunteers are required to have a current National Police Certificate.
Rehabilitation services Includes hydrotherapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.
Residential aged care A residence, sometimes referred to as ‘nursing home’ or ‘hostel’, providing low and high care.
Respite Respite is the provision of short-term care in both community and residential settings.
Retirement living Independent living which provides maintenance of building and gardens, in a village environment.
Tai Chi Chinese form of stylised, meditative exercise, using slow circular and stretching movements and positions of body balance.



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