I would welcome advice from you all on what to do next... Last night at about 11pm my Mum rang to say that Dad had attacked her. He'd punched her 2 times on the arms, believing that she was robbing the house. Mum rang some friends to come and help her - only for Dad to attack the male friend with a walking stick - breaking the stick in the process. The friends, fearing for Mum's safety rang the police - this actually proved to help as Dad thought that they'd come to help him with the burglars... Mum of course was at her wit's end, crying, frightened and totally unprepared for Dad's violence (he's never so much as raised his voice at Mum during 45 yrs of marriage). This morning she got a visit from her local mental health nurse who advised she should get a lock for her bedroom door & get a phone that she can access at all times. In the meantime she was told to prepare for the fact that Dad is going downhill very fast and may end up in a care home in the next 6-10 months.... I don't know what to do about this, I don't think Mum does...Help!