Figuring out how to select a care agency can be a little confusing because they differ in the level of care they provide. Non-medical in-home care agencies (usually referred to as “in-home care” or simply “home care”) provide companionship and supervision (especially important for the elderly with alzheimer’s disease or other mental impairments). They also offer in-home assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, as well as offer help with meal preparation, housekeeping, and transportation.
Home health care agencies provide skilled nursing care for patients in need of significant medical attention. Other home health providers include specialists in hospice care, physical therapy, pharmaceutical and infusion therapy, and home medical equipment.