Hi all Im going to try to keep this as short as I can but I feel my family and I are at crisis point right now in the care of mum and dad and we need advice. Dad was taken to respite two weeks ago on the advice of the Mental Health Unit in order to give my mum a break(she has dementia too)and because 'someone' witnessed them arguing. It was promised to be two weeks only whilst they monitored dad and got him back on an even keal with his medication. Mum has been left alone these past two weeks with no-one from the Mental Health Unit checking on her and now missing dad terribly. WEve now been told dad will not be coming home tomorrow as he has been deemed as in 'Assessment' as opposed to 'respite' and until SS who have been contacted can do an Individual needs assessment on mum and dad. My question is can they keep dad there in respite while this assessment is going on? shouldn't he be assessed by SS in his own home? We have all sorts of plans to help mum and dad stay together including carers that we have just arranged. Can they keep dad there for longer than the two weeks? He wasn't sectioned or anything? Please help I'm desperate to understand our position.