My widowed 89-year-old physically fit mother has been diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer’s. From the time that we first noted memory problems 5 years ago my youngest brother has lived with her and cared for her. The situation has recently reached the point that it was unsafe for her to be left all day whilst he was at work and he was close to breaking point due to all the typical problems that the disease causes, including being very difficult. There are no other family members who are able to care full time for her so it appeared to me that the only option was to place her in a properly approved Care Home. I am now coming under a lot of pressure from other, mostly older, members of the family that “your mother should be cared for in her own home not pushed off elsewhere.” Does anyone have any experience of following that option i.e. employing a full time carer – is it practical, how much does it cost? Any other suggestions as an alternative to a Care Home?