My Mum has now been in a secure ward since 8/11/06 and I have watched her shrink into a little old prune. Everyday there is an issue..lost belongings/other patients wearing her clothes/odd pills found in her pockets/large lump on her bum went un-noticed by staff until I showed them. I could go on and on. Social worker told me that the panel was discussing my Mother this Thursday then phoned me at lunchtime on that day to say she had not been presented. Why? because her manager had been too busy to go over the paperwork. Long conversations resulted in frustration for me. Later the same day the same social worker phoned to ask me why my Father was not able to care for my Mother at home. Gosh! I guess the consultant saying that Mum needs 24hr supervision which we cannot provide at home is not good enough for this girl. I'm tempted to ask when she got her medical degree but hold back the sarcasm until I remind her that she can and did a home assessment on Mum some 36 hours prior to her admission to hospital. Mum had become so paranoid and confused she was running up the road at 2am screaming. My Father is struggling to look after himself at 79 with multiple medical problems all of which she was informed about 2 months ago. I then spoke to my brother and told him the whole saga. He has got so upset that on Thursday night he was admitted to hospital with nose bleed and super high blood pressure. We are not able to pay top up fees and all this social worker can say is how severely we are restricting our choices. I feel like this is some nightmare that I can't wake up from and its getting out of control and absorbing us all.