What’s the difference between home-based care and placement care?


Home-based care is when a person requires some degree of assisted care but receives it in the comfort of their own home. Home-based care is suited for individuals who are still able to handle some at-home duties and self–care.

Home-based care is flexible, and can be tailored to suit the client’s particular needs and lifestyle, whether that’s some assistance in washing or cooking, or making sure medications are taken on time. We are here to help. Home is where the heart is, and with home-based care, people are able to remain safely at home, in an environment, they’re comfortable and familiar with.

Placement care is when an older person is cared for and placed into a fully or partially assisted living facility, such as a nursing home or low-level care. This could be due to a number of different reasons; however, nursing home placement usually happens when the elderly person becomes highly dependent on care and may require it around the clock from a number of different levels of staffing.

The costs involved for either type of care is on a case by case basis keeping your preferences and choices at the centre of what we do. To receive either type of care, you can call us directly to discuss your needs and, in some instances, based on your available funding options will also require a referral from your GP or treating doctor. For all Nursing Home placements, an ACAT assessment is required. Go to the My aged care website to start this process or ask us for help.

Vital Home Health Services is committed to assisting you and your loved ones through this time to arrange what care is required, and to navigate the system of care and support services that are available.

If you have any further questions about home-based or placement care, please call us on 1800 717 384 or visit the website.