Hi, my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimers 5 years ago at the age of 66 & he now needs 24 hour care which I provide. I have been told by Social Services that I need/ would benefit from a short break. I agreed with them & they have arranged for him to have respite care for a week in November. However I am seriously thinking of cancelling this as I can't imagine how I will explain to him that I will be leaving him in the care of others. He sometime gets insecure and in difficult times has asked me ' not to put him away' He has had a short stay in this care home before when I was admitted to hospital at short notice & he understood that it was an emergency then. It has been suggested that I tell him that it's hospital again but I couldn't deceive him or cause him to worry. I have been invited to stay with a friend in Spain but how would I get him to understand? I know that he would be well cared for but it's just the getting him there which is putting me off. Has anyone had a similar problem?