Well, we've finally bitten the bullet and decided that we need a care home for Mum - in the vicinity of Mickleover, in Derby, in case there's anybody with inside knowledge out there! She's got vascular dementia and her oesophageal cancer also means she needs a special soft food/liquid diet. Her GP has said that she doesn't yet need a nursing home, but just a care home. But how do you find which ones have vacancies? And is there, anywhere, a definitive regional list of what is available? I thought I'd been through them all and then the doctor suggested one I had never even heard of - no beds there, though.