Over the last 6 months, the GP has noticed a decline in Mrs Doherty’s personal hygiene and presentation. Previously she had impeccable grooming, but now sometimes comes to clinic with unironed clothes and without her hair set. The GP is also concerned about Mrs Doherty’s diet as she has experienced a 10kg weight loss over the last 6 months and now weighs a very slight 56kg and her dentures are ill-fitting. The GP is aware that Mr and Mrs Doherty are very close and rely on each other to a large extent. He would like to see them remain living in the community if possible, but feels that assessment and ongoing support will be required.
The GP initiates a referral to the local ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Team).