Having never posted an intro, and now needing to ask some questions (I'll leave them to other threads!), I thought I had better give you some background info. I live with my Mum in our jointly-owned house. My Mum is 81 and was diagnosed with AD just over three years ago, being prescribed Exelon. She has no idea about the AD, just thinks her memory is bad. I have a regd. EPA, we get full-rate Attendance Allowance and have the rate relief from the council. I am fortunate to not be working(unfortunately through anxiety/depression) and have no other dependants (other than my dog!). This means I am full-time carer. I have wonderfully supportive family and friends, who would love to help more. The problem with this is that my Mum just wants to be with me and my dog all the time. My sister usually manages to take her out(my Mum, not the dog!) for a few hours once a week, though I only tell my Mum about an hour before my sister's arrival, otherwise she becomes "unwell". She always enjoys herself whilst she is out, but doesn't always give that impression when she gets back. I realize I need more time to myself and, to this end, arranged a carer's assessment last week. I shall be getting vouchers (to use with Crossroads or other agencies) for three hours per week. An assessment for my Mum, with a view to day-care once a week and, possibly, carers in the morning to assist with washing and dressing (I recently had to go to A & E when my back went into spasm and I couldn't move) is being arranged for the end of April, after my Mum has had her next assessment at the clinic. (My Mum actually agreed to all this, but it went straight over her head!). Thanks for listening, everyone, and for all the help you've already given me, indirectly, by reading other posts. Best wishes to you all.