Important Information About Aged Care Funding Instrument
What is The Aged Care Funding Instrument?
The Aged Care Funding Instrument also known as ACFI is used in assessing the relative care needs of the residents and they are also used in allocating the Government subsidy to aged care providers so they can offer care to the residents. ACFI was formerly the RCS or Resident Classification Scale. There are 12 care need questions in the instrument. Every question has four ratings and two diagnostic parts. The four ratings are the independent, use of mechanical lifting equipment, supervision and physical assistance. In the level of independent the residents needs minimal assistance or does not need any kind of assistance or the resident does not require care need.
The BEH or behaviour, the CHC or complex health care and the ADL or activities of daily living are the funding domain that are included in the Aged care funding instrument. The activities of daily living provides ratings on personal hygiene, mobility, toileting, continence and nutrition questions to determine the level of subsidy. The behaviour supplement provides ratings on the physical behaviour, verbal behaviour, wandering, cognitive skills and depression questions to know the behavior supplement. The CHC or the complex health care gives ratings on the medication and complex health care process questions to determine the complex health care. The funding of every domain depends on a certain level. The levels are low, medium and high. There are actually five steps in the Aged Care Funding Instrument process.
Here are the five steps in the ACFI process:
First step: Assessment
Assessment is the first step in the ACFI process. The assessment should be support the checklist.
Second step: Checklist
The Aged Care Funding Instrument appraiser is in charge in completing the data of the checklist. The assessment and checklist data must be in sync.
Third step: Rating A up to D
They use the letters A, B, C, D to rate. After the checklist they will determine the classification of the residents.
Fourth step: The submissions
It is the duty of the ACFI appraiser to verify if the Aged Care Funding Instrument Appraisal pack was completed based on the right guidelines. People need to be certified if their Aged Care Funding Instrument application was approved by the appraiser.
Fifth step: Record keeping
Once the resident is approved the necessary materials that will be used for audit and accountability purposes will be safely stored in case it will be audited in the future.
This are the steps in the Aged Care Funding Instrument process.