My mum's case went before the panel on 18 December and we still haven't heard anything. She went from hospital to a nursing home just before Christmas and Dad's been invoiced for the home. As she is bedridden and needs help with all aspects of daily care we are hoping she will get some financial help from the local authority. Unfortunately we don't have POA so are thinking about starting the Court of Protection route. I have contacted our social worker but she is not very reliable. Am I right in thinking that Dad should not pay anything personally and that fees will be taken from Mum's estate once she has passed away, even if it might not be for another couple of years? In which case we wouldn't need to bother with the hassle of C of P? Thanks for any advice.