What is the difference between community and personal care?

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Community nursing provides clinical nursing services to patients in the comfort of their own home. Community nursing is a great form of care because it aims to support clients to achieve independence and their lifestyle in a safe and familiar environment.

Community nursing services can include acute care after a hospital stay, wound care, IV medication administration, even your personal hygiene. It is essentially care provided by, or under the supervision of a qualified Registered nurse.

If you think you or someone you know requires the services of community nursing you can call us directly, some people will need a referral from a GP, a treating doctor in a hospital, a hospital discharge planner or a veteran’s home care assessment agency. Even your existing Commonwealth funded Home Care Package provider can refer you to our services for clinical care.

Personal care services can include care for incontinence, assistance showering and getting dressed, transfers and pressure area care as well as assistance with eating and drinking at meal times, including assistance to take your own medication. Care that doesn’t involve wound care or clinical attention by a Registered Nurse falls under the definition of personal care. This type of care can be provided by our experienced support carers.

If you believe you or someone you know needs personal care services, please call us to discuss your needs and see how we can help.

We’re committed to assisting you and your loved ones to navigate the system of care and support services available to you.

If you have any further questions or would like to speak to one of our registered nurses please call us on (02) 9703 5661 or visit the website.


If you or a loved one would benefit from community or personal care services, you can learn more about options available including the steps required to take to arrange these services call us and speak to our registered nurses here at Vital Home Health Services on (02) 9703 5661.