All permanent residents in Australian Aged Care facilities receive government funding for their care requirements. This was previously calculated using a system called ACFI (the Aged Care Funding Instrument). However, ACFI has been in place for more than a decade, and during the recent Royal Commission into Aged Care, the ACFI funding model was found to be outdated and no longer meeting the needs of residents or the facilities they live in, especially for those residents with complex care needs.
As a result of these findings, the ACFI funding model has been replaced with AN-ACC (Australian National Aged Care Classification) as of October 1. More than 1600 aged care staff from over 30 participating aged care homes helped to create the AN-ACC model and it represents a fundamental change in the way residents are assessed and then granted funding.
What does this mean for you or your loved ones?
The new AN-ACC model is far more person-centred, based on a resident’s needs, strengths and preferences. Funding is no longer based solely on what a resident has been diagnosed with, but what needs they have. For example, under the ACFI model, a resident with a cognitive impairment who had not yet been diagnosed with dementia or another medical condition would struggle to obtain the funding they required. Under AN-ACC, the focus isn’t on the diagnosis, but rather the impact – essentially, what they can and cannot do, regardless of what diagnoses sit behind those capabilities.
AN-ACC also recognises that additional assistance is often required when a resident initially enters permanent care, and an initial entry payment allows the additional resources they may require to be provided quickly and efficiently.
By putting the focus on aged care funding back on the needs of the residents themselves, AN-ACC provides a greater level of flexibility for aged care providers, which translates into better outcomes for residents.
Do I have to do anything about AN-ACC?
No. If you, or your loved one, is already a permanent resident in a facility, then that facility will have the transition from ACFI to AN-ACC well in hand. And if you haven’t yet entered full time care, when the time comes, your facility of choice will ensure that your AN-ACC assessment is done as part of your entry process.
So, what do I need to do now then?
If you’re already in permanent care, keep doing exactly what you do now – making sure that you or your loved one is in a setting that makes them happy, comfortable and provides for their needs.
And whether you’re searching for the right service to future-proof against your specific circumstances, you require an immediate care solution, or require a change to your existing care needs, we at Well Placed Care offer information and support that is informed, current, accurate and suited to your specific requirements. When the need arises, we’re right here.