Hi, I haven’t posted before. Although I’m involved in caring for my mother in law who has Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia, I am actually posting this for a friend. Her husband has dementia and needs someone with him constantly. She would very much like to go on a holiday in August with extended family and for a specific family related event. She has been trying to find a residential home that would be able to care for him for a week but has found that she cant book ahead. The care homes obviously keep rooms for longer term residents so can only accept if they have a vacancy, and wont book far ahead. We were told it might be possible to ring and book 2-3 weeks ahead but no more, and there is no guarantee a place would be available. It’s really difficult for my friend to plan for the holiday and to check out the care homes ahead of time with this issue. Has anyone found a way to book ahead for self funded respite care please?