I am 55 and a full time, live in caregiver for my mother who has mid-stage Alzheimer's. No major health problems. Every year my primary care doctor urges me to take a vacation for my health and ultimately for my mother’s continued well being (me being healthy enough to continue to take care of her). Sounds all well and good, but I am sure mom would feel abandoned and confused while I was away from her. Would she be permanently set back? Her neurologist says yes. Okay, case closed. But I am interested in feedback pro or con on this issue. By the way, having someone stay with her at home is out of the question because I don’t have anyone I can trust anyone with that responsibility.