MIL's scheduled visit to the Psychiatrist today, she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's for 2 years. Hubby and I have been caring for her with help from carers for 1 hour per day plus 4 days day care. Her deterioration has been rapid - her quarterly phone bill logged over 5000 telephone calls to our home - it hasn't been easy. We are both retired and were looking forward to years of holidays with Benny our Chocolate Lab., watching rugby league and generally enjoying ourselves. I typed a detailed account of MIL's decline for the Psychiatrist, including the fact of myself having Bi-polar disorder (well managed by medication) and H being on anti-depressants since things have worsened. It came to our talk with the Psychiatrist and she came to the conclusion that it was time for MIL to go in 24 hour care. My whole body shuddered and I sobbed, putting my hand up to my mouth, tears welling up, a totally sudden shock - of obvious relief. I had not realised how much I was holding in. The Care home MIL has been attending for day care is marvellous and she enjoys being there. I hope we can get her a placement there. The Psychiatrist is getting the ball rolling by writing to SS. I do not feel much emotion being on medication for Bi-polar Disorder so today is was a complete surprise. We know MIL will be well looked after at the Care home and it is the best place for her. Think positively, do your best, seek help and try not to worry - it can make you ill.