About a year ago, I helped my brother and his wife get a house down the street from me so my brother could assist me with my mother who is diagnosed with alzheimers. Mom resides with me and we agreed he would be with her every other weekend so I could get a break. This has happened maybe twice and his wife has been the one to stay. He is retired. Since she went to work and they have a dog, this has not happened. If I get a weekend, I have to hire the caregiver which is expensive. The excuse is always, "I can't because I have to take care of the dog!" (and now there are 2). That's too many animals to care for with your dog's and mom. I can take my dogs with me, but he will still use that excuse because he basically can't stay sober. I love my mom with all my heart. My mom wants for nothing and I wouldn't have it any other way. I spend 16 hours 5 days a week plus weekends with her and I need a break. Way too stressed!! Thanks for letting me vent.