Just phoned the respite center to make sure that everything is in place for dads drop off at 11am tomorrow, and to check exactly what we need to take in for him, only to be told that there are no laundry facilities there. Now all of us caring for dad have our holidays booked over the next three weeks, it seemed to make sense, dad is going to be well cared for his nephew is the designated contact number if anything should go wrong, but now we are faced with this delima, we have to go shopping and purchase lots of new clothes for dad, because he has the odd accident, and has to wear a nappy at night. All his clothes have to be labeled, so bang goes about 30% 0f our holiday spending money, which wasn't a lot to begin with. Dad survives on the old age pension, and we are not entitled to a carers allowance because we share care. Dads home has to be maintained, bills paid etc, and he has to eat, we also share the expense of one day day-care per week to get together as a family and talk. Our fantastic health service provides one day of day-care per month, and one day per week we have an alzheimer's carer for five hours, which we have to provide lunch for. Sorry for rambling so much, but I am just so angry with the health system in this country that I feel like screaming and crying at the same time. Any way I'm away to buy 11 comnplete sets of clothing plus lables for dad,so I guess I may cancel my night out with friends tonight as I will be too busy stitching and writing.