Hello everyone - I'm new to the talking point too. Mum's got mid-stage AD, early 70s, lives alone with daily carer visits, lunch delivered & family visits two or three times a week (we dont live close by) Her deterioration & challenging behaviour now make visiting distressing for all to the point where we almost can't do it anymore & it takes days to recover. We've read the books, done our research, spoken to GPs, CPNs, social workers, & the helpful Alz. Soc people - apart from SPECAL in Oxfordshire, is anyone aware of any training one can do - or is this, as we suspect, how it is? As you can see, we're struggling as we all are - Also, planning ahead, would appreciate all the pointers you can give about the most important things to look for and question when looking into residential care homes & how do you know when you've reached that point? Thanks so much - good luck to everyone this Christmas-time.