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Dear Carol: My mom’s been alone since Dad died five years ago. She’s had several strokes but was doing well until the last one when it became obvious that she needed someone to help her shower, set up some meals, and provide some companionship.  At first, she fought having anyone with her, but she finally gave in and eventually grew close to a woman who lives nearby and comes in daily. This caregiver will be leaving town in a few weeks because her husband changed jobs. Mom’s already grieving this loss, which is understandable, but she doesn’t want to “start fresh” with someone new. She says she’ll be fine alone. She won’t.  How do we convince her to try a new caregiver through an agency? – KS

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