Sending elderly relatives to a care home can be a tough and highly emotional decision however for many the Canary Islands combination of caring catholic culture, good weather and increasing facilities has presented a welcome "closer to home" alternative than some of the extreme far eastern destinations.
The quality of the treatment and care for those affected by servere dementia, the associated memory problems and the cost of care are primary concerns.
A quick look at the figures and it's easy to see why some families are starting to look for care further afield.
Today the Spanish culture is more family centred than the British, and there appears to be a far greater empahasis on and a clear personal preference to care for their elderly at home.
Care is care, it is not a service.
At the beginning of the day, middle and end of each day care is care, not a service.
Like a sword the double edged interpretations of cost, the blunt side being financial and the cutting side emotional go deep into an individuals values.
It's fair to say that culturally the Canary Islands are like Ireland from the 1960's except with 21st century facilities and medicines.
According to a recent report "Sending relatives to care homes abroad might be a choice that many more Europeans find themselves considering, as the gulf between cost and quality continues to widen"
In the UK average costs range from US$3,600 (£2,186) for basic residential care to over US$5,000 (£3,036) a month with nursing care.
Although many relatives experience immense guilt for going down the care home route, Chris Quince of the Alzheimer's Society says that decisions about care are often out of their hands.