Hi my mum was diagnosed with altzeimers a few weeks ago (suspected for a while but sitting in the neurologists office and hearing the word out loud still makes your stomach drop and churn). We live a couple of hundred miles apart so mum then came to stay for my nieces party at the request of my brother (1 1/2 hrs away )who had other relatives staying although I am hellish busy with professional exams next week, 3 primary school age kids and 2 pt time jobs I thought I can just wing it for a couple of days. Mum actually seems to function better in her own home and tries to do things she cant really do in mine which aggravates my husband who has only ever been able to can manage short bursts of mother in law at the best of times. She then had a fall and has broken her shoulder so badly she needs round the clock care. I have been thrown into a carers situation and I really don't know what to do. I have had to get extenuating circumstances from my uni for one of my exams and I am self employed and have had to cancel work. I am really sorry to have such a moan having never spoken with anyone on here before but Im at my wits end. I have no idea when she will be able to go home. My brother has offered to help and have her to stay on the premise he would pop home at lunchtime from work to give her some lunch!! How do people cope with this type of situation?