Apologies if this has been asked before! My mum, who has vascular dementia, said she would like to see what it's like in a care home whilst i'm away for a week in August! However, on directly looking for somewhere in the Greater London/Kent area it is proving a nightmare - most places have no availability or will only know one week before!! Many websites are misleading stating they provide respite dementia care but dont. I do understand many homes have recently closed and there is a crisis but if people are willing to pay (at a push) I can't quite grasp the difficulties. Needle and haystack!! Is there an agency who is the focal point for this? Is it that we have to go through the Council rather than directly? Sorry if I dont quite understand the system but it's making me cross, god knows what it's like for older people trying to find a place for loved ones!!
Any advice greatly appreciated.