Just wondered if anyone has a friend or relative in extra care housing. I was thinking of putting my mum's name down for a flat. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's/dementia 2 years ago and luckily she has not been too bad. She can still clean the house and look after her own personal care, she still takes the dog out at least twice a day. She does cook but I don't think she always eats that great ( I think she gives most of it too the dog and eats toast and jam). I have also taken over her tablets as she was getting muddled sometimes. She has also started calling most nights re tablet worries and looking for missing pets ( she only has one dog). I think she is lonely, my dad is in a carehome and this is the first time she has ever lived alone, she is very sociable but has no friends or nice neighbours she can pop round to see. Something I hope she would find in the extra care housing. The extra care housing provides a 3 course meal every day and activities 4 days a week. She can take the dog and I was hoping it would mean she would keep her independence longer ( I dread the thought of her going into a care home ). It is £214 a week including the meal, service charge and water. She would just have phone, electric and rates to add on and any care costs ( which would be minimum at present). My hesitation is whether the move will cause a decline as she won't know where anything is and may get more confused ( the housing manager said they keep a close eye on them for the first few weeks). Also how she would get on with the dog as the flats do not have direct access to the garden and taking her out somewhere new. I am so torn if only we all had a crystal ball to know what to do for the best. Any one else's experience or opinions are most appreciated.