Assessment in the Tasmanian HACC Program

Assessment is a systematic way of establishing the type and extent of the client’s support needs and the identification of a range of appropriate basic maintenance, support and care services to meet those needs.

When people seek access to, or are referred to, the Program they should be assessed to determine:

  • whether they are within the Program’s target population
  • their functional status and abilities
  • their relative need for basic maintenance and support services
  • the type of assistance they require.

This assessment informs the decision on the appropriate service response. Service providers allocate services based on this assessment of relative need and consideration of factors such as:

  • potential to reduce risk of premature or inappropriate admission to residential and/or acute care
  • potential to improve functioning and support independence in the community
  • support for carers
  • potential to enhance quality of life
  • targeting to reduce unmet need.

The assessment process encompasses a range of functions including:

  • screening for eligibility (this may have been completed by Tasmanian Community Care Referral Service)
  • determining needs and priorities
  • targeting resources
  • referral and coordination
  • monitoring and review
  • data collection.
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updated June 2020