Hi, I'm new to this forum, just wanted to get a few opinions on what to do. Our mum has Alzheimer's (memory gradually going worse) At the moment,and for last 18 months we have been staying with mum 24/7 (between 4 of us) We are finding it getting harder trying to organise who can do what days. We all have our own family commitments. Just wondering, should we get outside carers coming in for few afternoons a week maybe a sleepover now and again. Would we be better getting an independent carer, or paying 2or 3 times the cost with an agency. Don't know how mum will take to it, especially if we have to sign up to a contract. If we went to an individual, what checks do we have to ask for? Any input, information or ideas will be helpful.