I've been looking at the T&Cs for various care homes that we've visited. I've noticed that the larger corporate homes seem to have adopted the practice of hiding some of the fees in an up-front deposit equivalent to one month's fees. In some cases, some of this is refundable, in some cases not (as far as I can see). This deposit has then to be amortised over the whole length of stay to find out what the true total cost will be. I'm now wondering if I'm missing any other scams that they're likely to pull? I'd appreciate any information as to: 1. sharp financial practices to watch out for 2. opportunities for negotiation of fees, or T&Cs in general.