ACFI – What does it stand for?

ACFI, administered by the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Ageing, stands for Aged Care Funding Instrument.

The ACFI is an instrument that is used to appropriately allocate funding resources based on the needs of aged care residents. In practice, the ACFI determines funding based on the day-to-day needs of each individual resident, and then typically pays subsidies to the residential aged care home that is providing the daily care.

The aged care provider’s management then disperses the funds according to its discretion, normally to ensure there are sufficient numbers of staff with the appropriate skills and resources to provide the level of care required.

ACFI – What exactly is it?

The ACFI is in the form of 12 questions about individual aged care needs, divided into three broad domains: activities of daily living, behaviour and complex health care. Based on the answers/assessments, each of these areas is allocated funding according to the following needs: High, Medium, Low or Nil.

The questions are about things like a resident’s mobility, nutrition, hygiene, cognitive skills and other day-to-day care factors, with the assessment ultimately categorising a resident as low-care or high-care. The 12 questions, as well as other considerations like assessments and health diagnoses, result in the resident’s ‘ACFI rating’.

The questions relate to individual residents, but the cumulative results provide an accurate picture of the subsidy that is appropriate for the facility.

ACFI – Why does it matter?

The ACFI is important because it seeks to understand the individual care needs of residents and fund a residential facility accordingly. ACFI assessments are normally performed by trained people who are employed by the aged care provider.

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