Home health care providers offer skilled nursing care in a home setting. Home health care is not the same as home care; home health care requires a doctor’s order, and is provided by trained professionals (often nurses or nurses’ aides) who are monitored and managed through the agency you hire.

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Your loved one probably wants to stay in her home as long as possible, but she could use help with everyday activities. One option is to find someone through an agency.

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Most questions about family caregiving can't be answered with a simple yes or no. But the question of whether home care agencies are all alike is one of the few that can.

And the answer is a definite no. 

The two choices for in home care are home care agencies and private caregivers. The decision will have implications in terms of training, cost and other pros and cons referred to in private caregiver vs. home care agency.

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