Just really wanted to know what people feel about this. In the last three months, mum, who's 86 and in a residential care home (self funded) has had an ambulance called four times. One time she ended up staying in A&E, short stay for 36 hours, once the paramedics checked her out and didn't take her, and the other two occasions, she's had routine tests, and been discharged. Each time, and rightly so, the care home have telephoned me to see if I can go. One occasion I was actually in Northern Ireland visiting my son (a few nights away, typical it would happen then!) and then on the other times I've been unable to go because of work. Needless to say, if I thought it was serious, I would do everything possible to get out of work commitments and go. On each occasion the care home have asked if at all possible I could go, and rightly or wrongly, I have felt guilty that I have had to say I can't. I completely understand that the sending carers from the care home may leave them short staffed, and wonder if their care sort of ends at the door of the care home. The last time was on Thursday morning, when I did go down to A&E, saw mum from the corridor and into a side room, and ascertained that although she was confused, she was well. I told A&E that I was going back to work, and phoned the care home to let them know the situation.