I have just visited the societys website for the first time and registered, as my 89 yr old Mum has had Dementia for a few years. My 93 year old Dad is still alive and although quite fit for his age, has heart problems, does quite well looking after her. My sister and I both work full time and spend a lot of our spare time looking after them both. Obviously, my Dad has a need for a break and we are very worried about my Mum being left alone. She can get into enough trouble when Dad is In!! I was amazed to see on the website that the opinion was that it is ok for people with Dementia to be left alone. I completely disagree! Mum has already set fire to a microwave, tried to boil a full kettle of tea bags instead of water, left the tap running and flooded the kitchen, let a pan boil dry and almost set it on fire, locked herself out of the house in the early hours of the morning, had a bath and could not get out of the bath, to name a few and Dad was in the house on some on the occasions!! We have put certain measures in to place. She is not allowed to cook any more and so far she has remembered this rule and the doors a locked at night so that she cannot exit, although this is not ideal, in case of fire. How then can it be safe for them to live alone and the only important thing mentioned in the article was loneliness. Mum gets lonely in the house when Dad goes out of the room because she forgets he is still in the house!