Mom is around mid stage Alzheimers. I have learned so much in dealing with AD and her but now I am up against still another. Recently I had to go out of town with my daughter getting ready for college and my husband and a hired caregiver came in and took care of mom while I was gone. She was well cared for but she was obviously stressed out that I was gone. I notice that when I am even gone for a couple of hours from the house she tends to get stressed. it's like she doesn't like it when I am gone as she is depending so much on me now. I am about to have to take a 4 day trip with another daughter of mine and I am beginning to wonder if I should not even tell her that I am leaving and just pretend that I am around town. Of course my husband and a caregiver will be here with her but tell her I am around just out of the house a lot with my daughter. Would that cut down on her stress level or create more when she doesnt see me? The only reason she knew I was gone last time I had marked it on her calendar and left her a note explaining who was there with here to help her and that she could still call me anytime on my cell. She has a cell phone and she will use it.