How do I get home care in a town that I've lived in for the first time?

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I'd check your local phone book under "In-home care agencies" or some variation. You may even want to try the yellow pages. Then, when you call, ask about hours, contracts, certification of the caregivers, and ask for reference. Check those references - more than one. You may find someone unhappy because he or she had unreasonable expectations, but you also may find someone unhappy for very good reason.

Ask about "backup" care, if one caregiver can't make it, and ask about "consistent assignment", which means they do their best to find a compatible caregiver or a rotation of them, and let them get to know your care receiver (and the other way around).

Good luck with your search. It does take some digging and due diligence.

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