Hi, We are desperately seeking some advice. My husband and I are carers for his 93 year old mother who has Alzheimer's. Life was going pretty well for us until earlier this year when the excellent care agency we employed pulled out of our town due to staff shortages. The carers we now have are absolute rubbish as they have no understanding of mother's condition and treat her as a "normal thinking" person. As we live in a rural town quality carers are in very short supply. Social services have offered no help or support as we are "self funding" and right now we feel we have been set adrift with no help on the horizon. We were wondering about employing private carers but would like to know the benefits and pitfalls of doing this for example how are sick leave absences and holidays covered, We feel that putting her in residential care would be the last resort. Any suggestions please as we are so stressed out with it all.