Mum went into a retirement home five months ago, 4 months after being diagnosed with Valcular Dementia resulting from a stroke in July 05. After reading up a lot on Vascular dementia, it appears it is a terminal illness, with a life expectany of about 7 years after diagnosis. Now, if she had any other illness which required full time care (cancer or something) I am sure she would be cared for under NHS. We had to put mum in a retirement home, at a cost to her/us, because we got absolutely no support from doctors or social services. They talked the talk, but couldn't walk the walk, leaving mum extremely vulnerable to physical and further mental detioration in her own home. We have now sold mum's property (she doesn't know). For years she joked that her property was our 'inheritence' and we should look after it by decorating, etc. She would be so upset if she knew that her (and dad's) years of hard work had come to nothing. If she had never bought property and drank or gambled or spent her life living from day to day, her care would be paid for. Doesn't seem right to me. If she were 30 years younger and diagnosed with a terminal illness, I am sure it would be a different situation.