Has anyone any successful experience please of directly employing a carer rather than going through a care agency? My 96 year old mum has dementia and lives with me. I want to keep her at home as long as possible but I do not have any family or friends in the area to share my responsibilities so am thinking of employing someone on either a residential or non residential basis to help pout. Mum's level of savings mean that we will have to fund her care and I wonder whether it is cost effective to employ someone direct and what is the best way of going about this? Many thanks.