The honeymoon is over. My mom is in a very good ALF, and has been there now for over a month, but sadly her dementia took a rapid turn for the worse. The staff at the ALF has been in contact with me and I realized that she needs to go into memory care sooner rather than later. Trouble is, they may not have any openings in their memory care for a while. So they informed me that my mom will need 24/7 private care in addition to being in the ALF. Well that is cost prohibitive in the long term, but we could probably manage that for a short while. Anyway, the staff was trying to get the additional private care set up for this weekend, and wasn't able to find anyone on such short notice. They asked if me or my daughter could come in and stay with my mom tonight, or take my mom to my house. My daughter is not at home and I told them I was unable to do so -- I had other firm commitments in addition to being ill with a flu, that I didn't think they'd want spread around their facility. I just thought that was an unusual request, even if she's not in memory care, aren't they somewhat equipped to deal with dementia for a short duration? Certainly far better than me (family at home, house completely and utterly ill equipped to handle a senior with dementia). Is this a strange or typical request from an assisted living facility? Yes I am my mom's guardian, but does that mean I'm supposed to be her fill-in caregiver?