Glossary of Aged Care Terms

Aged Care can be confusing given the number of acronyms and various programs, funding arrangements and providers.

To make aged care a bit easier to understand, we have created this glossary of some of the more common aged care terminology and acronyms.

This is not an exhaustive list, so if you’ve got specific questions feel free to contact us or visit the My Aged Care website.

An acronym for Aged Care Assessment Team, the ACAT is the government body responsible for carrying out the assessment of a person in relation to their care needs. The assessment must be completed before you can apply for admission to an aged care facility.

Aged Care Assessment Record. To find out more about how to obtain an ACAR please contact us.

Set up by the Commonwealth Government, Accreditation is the system ensuring aged care homes meet 44 different quality standards in accommodation and services provided to residents. All residential aged care homes must be accredited to receive funding from the Australian Government through residential aged care subsidies.

An acronym for Aged Care Funding Instrument, a tool designed by the Commonwealth Government to determine the amount of financial support they will give towards the cost of a person residing in an aged care facility.

Agency that accredits Australian Government subsidised aged care homes.

A blanket term for the team of individuals providing health care to residents of the aged care community. Allied Health Professionals include doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, mental health team members, speech therapists, podiatrists and any other qualified individual who may assist in the care of a resident.

A care plan is an evolving document designed to guide staff in providing a high standard of care to the resident. Braemar Presbyterian Care encourages the resident and the resident’s family to work with the Braemar staff in preparing care plans

Residents who pay for the full cost of your accommodation and make rental-style payments are paying what is referred to as a daily accommodation payment (DAP).

The amount paid is a daily rate. Daily accommodation payments and contributions, unless you have paid in advance, are not refundable if you leave the aged care home.

For more detailed information, visit the My Aged Care website.

Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life. For more information visit Alzheimers Australia. 

An acronym for Independent Living Units, an ILU is accommodation for people wanting independent living but in a community setting; often known as a retirement village.

As a person’s life comes to an end, a palliative care approach may be appropriate. The primary goal of palliative care is to improve the resident’s quality of life, keep them comfortable and address their psychological, spiritual and social needs.

A Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) occurs if you pay the full cost of your accommodation as a lump sum. The RAD works like an interest-free loan to an aged care provider. By choosing this method of payment (within 28 days of entering an aged care home) residents have six months after entering to pay the RAD.

The balance of the RAD is refunded (to the resident or their estate) when they leave the aged care home, less any amounts agreed to be taken out. Any deductions, such as extra services or care fees, must first have been agreed with you in writing and listed in the resident or accommodation agreement.

For more detailed information, visit the My Aged Care website.

We believe in relationship centred care. Our philosophy supports the relationships that exist and develop between staff, volunteers, residents and their families. We aim to provide homes where residents feel safe from harm or threat and empowered to make choices on their level of participation both within the home and the wider community. We work to help residents remember and celebrate their lives, while creating events which aim to give them something to strive for. Pastoral Care is incorporated into every resident’s individual care needs.

A special-purpose facility which provides accommodation and other types of support, including assistance with day-to-day living, intensive forms of care, and assistance towards independent living, to frail and aged residents. Facilities are accredited by the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Ltd to receive funding from the Australian Government through residential aged care subsidies.