Hi, My mum was diagnosed with Alzhiemers at the age of 51, and ever since she has been diagnosed the hardest thing has been the constant arguing with Social Services (SS) , it has been one thing after another and as her only daughter & next of kin I had to make the decision to put her into care, and after much consultation with the SS I made the decision that it would be in her interests to have 24hr professional care. She was experiening imaginary people, rooms, having conversations with her mum & dad who had died years ago, putting an electric kettle on the gas hob while plugged in, leaving the gas on without igniting, the dangers to herself were endless. Her friend did not agree with my decision and we spent the next 6 months back and forth to SS and it all turned quite nasty. In the end SS decided to ignore the decision of the Next of Kin and EPA and allowed my mother to return home, after almost a year her friend decided that he could no longer cope and again I had to make the decision to put her into care. My mum now resides in full time residential care, with a fanastic home, which all the staff adore her, and her freind stills visits on a regular basis. As her only daughter I have had to make all the financial and emotional decisions and all the time I have never felt any support from the Social Services, in actual fact they have made the whole experience even harder. Even now practially all her savings have been used for her residential care, they are still arguing about the Income Support Allowance for her. In the UK the number of younger people with Alzheimers is increasing so why are there still a serious shortgage of homes in the South / South East speciallising in care for younger people!